Securing an empty property using live in guardians

Latest government data reveals a 2.6% rise in long-term empty homes in England, with this stock representing a total value of £50 billion. In their latest council tax base reports, local authorities recorded over 205,000 homes being empty for more than 6 months.

Councils in England have the power to charge owners an extra 50% in council tax if owners leave properties empty for two or more years – a deterrent for many, but by no means to the wealthiest investors. There are now plans to increase this to 100% if a property is empty for between two and five years, 200% if more than five years.

Bringing empty properties back to life

Making a property available for guardian housing

The rapid rise in house prices in recent years has resulted in many people being unable to afford to a home or the rent rises that landlords are imposing year-on-year. Those working in public services have been amongst the hardest hit.

By making empty properties available for key workers and young professionals to secure as live in guardians, communities avoid the blight of crime and anti-social behaviour that empty housing can attract, and property owners get an affordable way to secure their property.

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