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Long Term Empty Properties

Long term empty properties are a waste. For owners they are a waste of money and for the community they are a waste of valuable resources.

Looking at the wider picture, we are destroying large tracts of precious countryside to build new houses, yet, for every homeless family in the South East of England, there are more than six empty homes.

Empty properties are a magnet for vandals and petty criminals. They can become a danger to children and their gardens frequently attract litter and other rubbish. Houses left unoccupied can fall into disrepair quite quickly, becoming a blight on the neighbourhood and having an adverse effect on the values and saleability of surrounding properties.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead is committed to bringing empty homes back into productive use. We will make every effort to work with owners; providing advice, guidance and encouragement. However, where properties are a detriment to the amenity of the area and efforts to encourage the owner to voluntarily bring the property back into use have failed, we will use statutory powers as a last resort.

If you own an empty home and require advice, or perhaps just wish to discuss your various options, please contact us. If you know of an empty home, please tell us about it.

Contact the Royal Borough's Customer Service Centre
Telephone: 01628 683820
Customer Service on-line form.

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Modified: 2015-01-16
Published: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:46:46
Author: Simon Arthur
Editor: Simon.Arthur
RDCMS ID: 7279