Help with an empty home

Mendip Council are committed to helping residents to bring empty homes back into use.

Empty homes are a wasted resource, especially when demand for affordable good quality housing in the District remains high.

The Private Sector Housing Team is responsible for bringing empty homes back into use and can offer advice and grant funding to assist property owners in carrying out essential repairs so empty homes can be lived in.

How you can help us

Let us know about empty homes you are aware of.  Whether you own or live near an empty home, complete this form so we can contact the owner to support them in bringing the home back into use.

Do you own an empty property?

We can offer advice and support to help you bring your empty home back into use.  If your empty home is in need of repair, we have grants and loans available to support you in completing essential work so the home can be lived in.  Complete this form so we can contact you or visit our Financial Assistance page for more information on available grants and loans.

Financially - it makes sense

Earn money: The demand for affordable decent homes in Mendip remains high.  Empty homes could be generating rental income.

Save money: After 2 years of being empty, Council Tax increases to 150%.  Government are currently considering increasing this to 200%.  Why pay this when the standard rate could be paid by the occupier? An empty home is also likely to deteriorate over time costing more money long term to renovate.

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Empty Homes Strategy

We offer help, advice and financial assistance if you work with us to bring empty homes back into use.  But, if we need to start using our enforcement powers it could end up costing you more.

If you would like further advice or are interested in finding out more about the financial assistance available, please complete this form or call us on 0300 303 8588.

Our Empty Homes Strategy says how we will work to help bring empty homes back into use and is available here.