For further advice or information please visit our website at www.bradford.gov.uk/housing or call The Regeneration Team 01274 434742 EMPTY HOMES Department of Regeneration and Culture, Housing Service, 1st Floor North Wing, FACT SHEET 3 Jacobs Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW. A LEAFLET FOR NEIGHBOURS An empty Property can be very Leaflets in this series: 1) Introduction distressing for neighbours. 2) How to secure and prevent damage to your empty property 3) A leaflet for neighbours 4) Last Resorts 5) Empty Homes Advisors 6) Becoming a landlord 7) Tax incentives to reoccupy your property 8) Loans 9) Legal Advice 10) Overcrowding Programme – Assistance Scheme 11) Renovation PSH 31 This leaflet is intended to help you to understand how your complaint How we will handle your enquiry regarding an empty property will be handled and what you can do. If the empty property is insecure or causing a nuisance, the officer will visit The Regeneration Team within the Housing Service at Bradford Council and start enforcement action to address this problem (in co-operation with work with the owners of empty properties using a number of measures to the owner where possible). Any other issues will also be referred to the help bring them back into use - in some cases enforcement action is appropriate Council Service or agency. necessary. Also during the visit, the officer will risk assess the property based on the We do only deal with residential property and cannot handle enquiries length of time it has been empty, the type of property, it’s condition and relating to long term empty commercial property. any nuisance being caused. It will be scored and placed in a priority order based on this assessment. What happens when I contact the Council? Whilst this Service attempts to work with owners to bring empty properties Your enquiry/complaint will be logged and allocated to an officer within the Regeneration Team. back into use, it is not an offence to leave a property unoccupied. The Council only take enforcement action as a last resort where the property is The officers investigate all legitimate enquiries relating to empty causing nuisance or blight to an area. properties in the Bradford District. If enforcement action is not appropriate we have Empty Homes Advisers We will not disclose your details to a third party. who will attempt to make contact with the owner to create an “Empty We aim to make an initial response to enquiries within 3 working Home Action Plan” to get the property occupied. days. There are other agencies and Departments who can help with associated When contacting this Service to make an enquiry, try to give as problems or issues that you may wish to consider contacting. These many details as possible, including: include the Police (0800 6060606), Yorkshire Water (0845 1242424), Pest The full address of the empty property and name of the Control 01274 433926, Neighbourhood Wardens (01274 431000 owner, if known. email: email@example.com) or your local Councillor with your Details of the problem/nuisance caused by the empty concerns. property The more information we have, the more we can do to help.
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