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Empty homes

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To tackle the social issues associated with empty homes and to help meet housing demand, we encourage bringing empty homes back into use.

Empty homes can be a wasted resource and the target of vandals and squatters, which can affect the quality of life of neighbours.

The Houses into Homes scheme is an innovative loans fund designed to help return properties into use. This scheme will be used in addition to the existing powers available to tackle empty properties.

Empty Dwelling Management Orders enable local authorities to take management control of privately owned empty homes so they can secure occupation of them. These powers are intended to support existing procedures, for instance compulsory purchase orders and voluntary agreements between homeowners and local authorities.