Draft Empty Homes Strategy 2021-2026

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We welcome your views on the draft Empty Homes Strategy 2021-26. The strategy sets out the Council’s continued commitment to reducing the number of empty homes in the borough, to facilitating and assisting the creation of good quality and affordable homes and to making the best use of existing stock.


The strategy sets out three key aims which will help the Council continue to bring empty homes back into use. Obtaining the views of borough residents and empty homes owners will help shape our approach going forward and ensure the strategy takes all relevant factors into account to achieve strategy aims and successful outcomes.



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We welcome your views on the draft Empty Homes Strategy 2021-26. The strategy sets out the Council’s continued commitment to reducing the number of empty homes in the borough, to facilitating and assisting the creation of good quality and affordable homes and to making the best use of existing stock.


The strategy sets out three key aims which will help the Council continue to bring empty homes back into use. Obtaining the views of borough residents and empty homes owners will help shape our approach going forward and ensure the strategy takes all relevant factors into account to achieve strategy aims and successful outcomes.


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    The draft strategy follows on from the Empty Homes Strategy 2015-2020, outlining the Council’s continued commitment to reduce the number of empty homes in the borough, maximise the re-use of empty homes and tackle issues surrounding empty homes.


    Long term empty properties are a primary focus of the strategy, as is working with owners early on to prevent properties falling into a condition of deterioration.


    In doing so, the role of the Council and partners continues to be integral to the effectiveness of action taken in relation to empty homes, utilising available resources and legislative powers to achieve this.


    The key aims of the draft strategy are to:

    1. Reduce the amount of long term (those empty for two years or more) empty homes in the borough.
    2. Work with owners early on to prevent properties becoming empty for a prolonged period.
    3. Utilise legislative tools to bring long term empty properties back into use in a timely and effective manner.


    If you require any further information or support prior to undertaking the survey please use the 'who's listening' contact information listed.


    For Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's full privacy notice please see the 'important links' section.

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