If your community is affected by an empty home attracting anti-social behaviour, action can be taken to bring it back into use.
This week (from Monday 28 November) is national Empty Homes Week, a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the problems posed by empty properties and how they can be tackled.
Empty properties can become magnets for vandalism, fly tipping and anti-social behaviour, having a negative impact on the local community. They also leave owners out of pocket through lost rental or sales income.
Knowsley Council is supporting this week’s campaign and is encouraging residents to report empty properties so that the necessary steps are undertaken to work with owners to bring them back into use.
The campaign coincides with the launch of Knowsley’s Empty Homes Strategy 2016-21. It sets out the council’s vision to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough and create more housing opportunities for existing and potential new residents. One of the specific aims of the strategy is to have no homes empty for five years or more.
The strategy aims to build on the success of the previous strategy, which exceeded targets for reducing the number of properties left empty for two years or more and five years or more.
Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Lead Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Cllr Brian O’Hare, said: “Tackling empty homes is a national and local priority as they serve as a wasted housing opportunity at a time when housing demand is outstripping supply.
“I am confident that, through a co-ordinated approach with our local partners, we can continue to tackle the blight that these empty homes can have on our local communities and make those homes available for new occupancy where they are needed most.”