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Why should I do anything with my empty property?

Empty properties overview

Finance

  • An empty home is costing you money
  • An occupied home could be giving you a regular income
  • A sold home could give you a windfall payment

Enforcement action

The Borough Council will always try to work with owners to bring their properties back into use.

The Operational Property Enforcement Task Group is Great Yarmouth Borough Council's joint enforcement group for empty premises and has been operating for two years with several success stories; the group is made up of officers from planning enforcement, building control, environmental health, planning and housing. Properties identified as a problem are raised at the group for enforcement action. The group can offer advice and support to owners of all empty premises, not just residential, but also have enforcement powers, including those to take ownership of persistently problematic properties.

Tenants

Changes to the law, creating assured shorthold tenancies, means you are guaranteed vacant possession of your property if you decide you want to sell or no longer rent.

If you have no experience of letting a property or don't want to manage yourself, using a property management company can help. Several are operating in the Great Yarmouth Borough, all of which have stated the high need for rental properties.

Condition

Empty properties deteriorate rapidly, which is a cost to you and opens you up to enforcement action.

Many people looking to purchase are happy to take on a project, don't let the condition of your property discourage you from selling. 

The Borough Council can provide details of private companies looking to invest in properties in Great Yarmouth. Those who have agreed to their details being shared on the website are shown below: 

  • Lindanna Properties Ltd
    49 Station Road
    Polegate
    East Sussex
    BN26 6EA
    07375 060051
  • Patrick Small
    07561 653125
    patsmall@yahoo.co.uk
  • Sophie Cator
    07393 442148
    sophiecator1983@gmail.com
  • Jez Dyer
    07715 675517
    jezdyer@hotmail.co.uk
  • Jim Collin
    07983 527882
    jim.collin@sourced.co
  • Sarah Jane Edwards
    07856 700131
    01621 983103
    sarahjane@causeway-property-developers.co.uk

Disclaimer:
Without prejudice to the general Website Disclaimer, any provision of third party information is not investment advice. Further, the Council has no contractual relationship with any company or organisation listed, and offers no warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, veracity or otherwise of the information made available or omitted from this page and accepts no liability for loss or damage (actual or otherwise) to any party arising in connection with information made available or omitted.

The Borough Council is looking to purchase properties of various types and sizes which meet a specific need. If you would like further details please contact the Empty Homes Officer.

Housing need

You often hear the term 'The Housing Crisis'.

Great Yarmouth has a shortage of housing, both private and affordable so leaving a property empty only exacerbates this problem. As at October 2022, Great Yarmouth had 613 long-term empty homes.

Estate agents state that the need for privately rented accommodation is increasing in Great Yarmouth, with properties barely being available for a day before being snapped up. 

The Local Plan demonstrates an objectively assessed need for 420 homes per year to keep up with growth.

Regeneration

Great Yarmouth Borough Council has aspirations for the future of the town. The Plan states that we are working towards:

'Improved housing and strong communities ... focusing on improving the range and quality of housing in the borough.'

Why not become a part of it?

Last modified on 29 January 2024

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