Renovating your empty home
Bringing an empty home back into use can be expensive. Consider the following questions:
- How much is the property worth now?
- How much would it be worth in good condition?
- How much would it cost to renovate?
- How much rent could it achieve?
Get advice from local estate agents and a surveyor to get accurate answers; the figures should help you decide on the best option.
Compliance with local authority planning and building consent restrictions
Speak to our Planning Department to be sure your plans for redevelopment comply with current legislation; if they don't, you will not get planning approval or building control consent and you may need to start again. Talk to them sooner rather than later and obtain advice and guidance so that you do not waste valuable time and money.
The Planning Portal has useful information and supporting documents.
The following may also be of use:
- the LABC website
- the LABC Norfolk Guide to Renovating Your Home
- information on the Electrical Safety First website
- the Registered Competent Person - Electrical website if you looking for a registered electrician
The No Use Empty website gives further tips and advice on having building works done.
Finding mortgages for renovating empty properties can be difficult as a derelict property, or one which is in need of investment, has limited value until the renovation is complete.
Lender's consider this high risk, as they would not be able to recover their investment if you default on your payments.
You should ensure you carry out your own searches for a mortgage which suits your personal circumstances.
To help your case, have information to hand which will help them make a decision. This could include:
- how much the property is worth
- renovation costs
- expected income from rental or expected sale price on completion of the works
The Housing Act
The Housing Act 2004 introduced legislation to protect the most vulnerable people in society and help to create a fairer and better housing market.
The Housing Act 2004 introduced the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).
The HHSRS reflects the significant impact that housing can have on occupiers, not only physically but also emotionally and socially.
If you are thinking of offering a property for rent, there are 29 hazards which you must consider when deciding if it is suitable.
Housing adaptations for disabled people
Disabled facilities grants fund adaptations to your home to help you live independently.
Houses in multiple occupation
From 1 October 2018 all privately rented properties housing five or more persons, forming two or more households, will require to be licensed by the Council.
All landlords are legally required to use a Deposit Protection Scheme to safeguard deposits taken for assured shorthold tenancy agreements.
The 29 Hazards
When considering renting out a property there are hazards you must consider before deciding if your property is suitable. The 29 categories of housing hazard under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System are:
- Damp and mould growth
- Excess cold
- Excess heat
- Asbestos (and manufactured mineral fibres)
- Carbon monoxide (CO) and fuel combustion products
- Uncombusted fuel gas
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Crowding and space
- Entry by intruders
- Domestic hygiene pests and refuse
- Food safety
- Personal hygiene, sanitation and drainage
- Water supply
- Falls associated with baths
- Falling on level surfaces
- Falling on stairs etc
- Falling between levels
- Electrical hazards
- Flames and hot surfaces
- Collisions, cuts and strains
- Position and operability of amenities
- Structural collapse and falling elements