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Empty homes

We encourage use of empty homes to meet housing need within the Borough. To help owners, we offer advice. If your property needs works to eliminate a serious hazard you may be able to get a empty home loan to help prepare it for occupation.

Why return empty homes to use?

Empty homes are a waste. Returning them to use benefits communities in many ways:

How does bringing empty homes back to use benefit property owners?

Benefits to a home owner include:

How is the Council helping return empty homes to use?

We are identifying long term empty properties in the area so that we can offer their owners advice and support to bring them back to use. It need not even be an empty house – buildings can be converted and flats created from vacant space above shops. Our empty property co-ordinator can provide advice to owners on options available and information on lettings and getting financial help. In some circumstances this can include providing an interest free loan to carry out essential works to your property.

How does it work?

If you are the owner of empty property and are not sure how to bring it back into use, please contact us for advice. We can arrange to meet you or your agent to carry out an inspection and discuss options. We do not charge for this service and you have no obligation to take any of the options discussed.

What options are available?

Options for bringing property back into use include:

What financial help might be available?

An interest free loan is available if an owner agrees to lease the property to the Council for the time the loan is outstanding.  We consider applications for empty property home improvement loans for properties that have been vacant for six months or more and need work to be suitable for occupation.

A loan will be considered:

What powers do local authorities have to return empty properties to use?

Under the Housing Act 2004 local authorities can consider using empty dwelling management orders to take over management of a property. This can be carried out by us or passed on to a managing agent. If you own an empty property and wish to discuss this, please contact us on 01329 236100 or e-mail


Empty Homes Review

You may have recently received a review letter about the occupancy status of your property. In support of the Government's initiative to tackle the shortfall in national housing, Fareham Borough Council is currently undertaking a review of empty Council Tax properties. Please follow the link below to update the property records for your address:

The review is being managed on behalf of the council by Capacitygrid. Capacitygrid's contact details are on your review letter.

Completing the review

It will take 5-10 minutes to complete, and you will need the passcode numbers on your review letter.

Complete the empty homes review form External Hyperlink

Lost your review letter

Please telephone Capacitygrid on 0300 303 2076. Lines are open between 8.45am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.

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