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Eden's empty properties

At Eden we put tackling empty properties high on our list of priorities. Each dwelling which is standing empty is seen as a wasted resource not only to the community but to the owner. Within Eden we have a growing demand for homes, either for rent or purchase, and we wish to see empty properties brought back into use as quickly as possible. This is because we believe that it is generally cheaper to repair an empty property than to build new homes.

A property left empty and neglected for considerable time can bring problems associated with vandalism, squatters, rodents and nuisance - as well as being unsightly and detrimental to the local environment.

There are also economic advantages to owners, in bringing a property back into use. They can benefit from rental revenue and reduced insurance premiums. Maintenance and repair costs can be reduced, and there can be a reduction in VAT costs if an empty property is renovated for occupation.

We want very much to encourage owners to bring their properties back into use and we are looking at ways in which we may be able to provide help for empty property repairs.

We can offer advice and assistance on the different options that may be available to you, providing details on letting, selling and private leasing schemes.

For a national overview of empty properties see homes from empty homes website.

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