South Staffordshire Council considers empty properties to be a wasted resource, both for its owner and for someone in need of housing. They can also have a negative impact on the surrounding area and local community. The Council's plans for dealing with empty residential properties are outlined in the Housing and Homelessness Strategy 2018-2022.
Reporting an Empty Property
If you have concerns about a property that has been empty for a long period of time (more than six months), you can report it to the Council by telephone or email, via the details below. The Housing Strategy team will attempt to contact the owner of the property to establish their intentions and whether they require any advice or assistance from the Council.
If your concerns relate to the condition of the property, environmental health issues, the structure of the building or anti-social behaviour/crime, they may also be referred on to the relevant teams within the Council to address.
Bringing Empty Properties Back Into Use
There are currently no grants or loans available from the Council for owners of empty properties. If you own an empty property and would like to discuss bringing it back into use, please contact the Housing Strategy team via the details below.
The Strategic Planning Team manages and maintains a register of persons who have an interest in local planning documents (Local Plan Database); those who wish to register their interest or land for future development on our Self and Custom Build Register and/or Strategic Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA); those who have commented on emerging Council strategy documents; and information regarding historic home improvement grants and empty properties. In order to do this in an effective way we will need to collect and use personal information about you. For more information about how we process this data see Strategic Planning Team - Data Protection.