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Decision details

Empty Property Report

Decision Maker: Executive

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Purpose of Report: To inform the Executive of the following Council motion:


"Given that York has experienced a recent spike in the number of homes left empty for six months or more, that Council Officers produce a report for consideration by the Executive to examine the potential options available to the Council to further reduce the number of empty homes in the city"


The Executive will be formally asked to respond to this motion.


Resolved:  That Option 2 be approved, and that:


(i)           The current strategy and level of resource within the Housing Standards and Adaptations Team be continued.


(ii)         Healthy Homes interventions continue to be carried out, to focus on providing the necessary support to homeowners living in poor housing conditions and to bring back into use empty properties that are in moderate or good condition, with information about homes found to be no longer empty to be shared with Council Tax teams.


(iii)        A progress report and review be provided to the Executive Member for Housing & Community Safety after 6 months.


Reason:     While the proportion of empty properties in the City of York is very low and a significant number of those reported as empty were found to be occupied, there is a need to ensure that the council does everything possible to bring viable empty properties back into use.

Report author: Ruth Abbott

Publication date: 19/03/2020

Date of decision: 19/03/2020

Decided at meeting: 19/03/2020 - Executive

Effective from: 24/03/2020

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