Empty properties can be a problem for a number
- They are a magnet for children who see them
as an adventure playground, not realising how dangerous they can
be. If a property is not kept secure against access and a person is
injured in or on the property, the owner can be liable.
- They attract vandalism, windows get broken,
pipe work gets exposed and damaged, rubbish is dumped, and this in
turn attracts vermin that can thrive in such conditions.
- They are a depreciating asset. When a
property starts to fall into disrepair, it soon losses value, and
quickly becomes costly to repair.
- They have a negative impact on the their
immediate surroundings leading to a loss of confidence in the area
and this in turn can lead to a lessening of value in the
Empty properties are also potential homes and
if brought back into use will reduce the need for building on
The government has set targets for local
Councils to bring empty properties back into use. The Borough
Council has a "Empty homes policy" with our own targets and is also
considering grants packages to encourage owners, to repair and let
out empty properties.
To report an empty property or to discuss an
empty property you own please contact us:
Private Sector Housing, Maidstone Borough
Council, Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone, ME15 6JQ.
By telephone: 01622 602470, or by email
Private Sector Housing.