Issue - decisions
Response to the council motion on Empty Homes (July 2019)
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.