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Empty properties

 

Report an empty property in Barnet
To report an empty property please call 020 8359 4475 or email empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk.

 

Empty Property Grants of up to £25,000 are currently available to help owners bring long term empty properties back into residential use through either renovation or conversion. A grant is also available to assist with the development of new properties.

The Council is keen to ensure that empty properties are occupied as soon as possible. Refurbishing and repairing empty properties help to improve the look and feel of a neighborhood and helps avoid incidents of fly tipping, vandalism and arson.  It also helps to reduce the housing shortage in the borough.

Empty Property Grants are available to landlords and key workers purchasing empty properties to help bring them back into residential use. Grants are also available for owners of empty properties who are in care and unable to return due to poor condition of their home.

The availability of grants is subject to funding being available.

Benefits of an Empty Property Grant:

  • Funding of up to £25,000 is available for landlords (depending upon the size and condition of the property)
  • The Let2Barnet Team will manage the property for you and you will receive guaranteed monthly rental income even if it is temporarily empty or the tenant fails to pay their rent
  • An Empty Property Agency Service is available to help you complete work to your property
  • The Council can provide details of trusted and competent builders 
  • VAT reductions on building work may be available
  • Funding of up to £20,000 is available to owner occupiers returning from care and to Key Workers

For more information please call 020 8359 4359 or email empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk


How can I report an Empty Property?

You can report an empty property in Barnet:

  • By calling the empty property hotline on 020 8359 4359
  • By emailing empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk


Empty Property Grants for Owner Occupiers

 

If you are a Landlord looking for an Empty Property Grant please click here‚Äč.

A grant of up to £20,000 (depending upon the size and condition of the property) is available for owners or key workers. 

The grant is available for owners of empty properties who are in care and are unable to return to their property due to the poor condition of their home. If your property has been empty for more than 6 months, we may be able to offer you a grant as an incentive to carry out repairs to make the property suitable for habitation. The £20,000 grant is also available to key workers. All grant schemes are subject to conditions.

For more information please call 020 8359 4359 or email empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk

 

What types of works are covered by the grant?

Detailed below are examples of the type of work that may be covered:

repairing or renewing windows, doors, roofs or other major elements of the property

  • damp proofing the property
  • resolving structural instability
  • provision of heating/hot water
  • updating bathrooms and kitchens
  • electrical rewiring


How to claim the reduced rate of VAT?

Where appropriate we can provide you with evidence to claim the reduced rate (5%) of VAT on any building work you undertake.

 

How can we help you to renovate your property?

The Council runs an Empty Property Agency Service to assist property owners in renovating their properties. For a fee, which can be paid included in the grant, we can help you to organise conversions and repair works to your home without the headache of arranging plans and overseeing building works yourself.

 

I'm struggling to find a suitable builder

The Council can provide you details of builders who we have used in the past and are happy with their standard of work.

 

How do I find out who owns an empty property?

The details of property ownership are generally available through the Land Registry Service.

Even in cases where the details are known to us we are legally unable to provide these to you. However, if you are interested in making an offer on a property we may be able to pass on your details to the owner.

 

What if I am not happy with the service?

If you are not satisfied with the service provided by the Private Sector Housing Team and would like to make a complaint you should contact the Private Sector Housing Manager Belinda Livesey on 0208 359 7438 or email belinda.livesey@barnet.gov.uk.

 

How can I report an Empty Property?

You can report an empty property in Barnet:

  • By calling the empty property hotline on 020 8359 4359
  • By emailing empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk

Contacts

  • Empty Properties Team
  • Environmental Health Department
    London Borough of Barnet
    Barnet House
    1255 High Road
    Whetstone
    London
    N20 0EJ
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  • Tel: 020 8359 4475
  • FAX: 0870 889 6793
  • Email: empty.properties@barnet.gov.uk

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