Empty homes

An empty property is a wasted resource both for the owner of the property and those in need of housing.

Properties which are left vacant for extended periods of time can cause problems for the local environment, the surrounding community and attract anti-social behaviour.

What we can do to help

The Council offers FREE help and advice to owners of empty properties and will assist owners in bringing the property back into use.

Tax Relief

Owners of empty homes are entitled to VAT relief on certain renovation costs associated with bringing a property back into use. If a property has been empty for 2 years or more the standard rate of VAT is reduced down to 5% on renovations. Please contact the Empty Homes Officer if you require a letter to state how long the property has been unoccupied. There are also other exemptions with regard to VAT, such as properties which are Listed. It is worth looking on the HMRC website to find out more.

Gloucestershire Empty Property Framework 2008

This report focuses on tackling the issue of empty homes at a countywide level, bringing together information and actions from existing strategies within Gloucestershire to produce an effective coordinated approach to tackling the problems of empty homes.

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