Shropshire Council

Empty properties

Homes and other buildings left empty represent a significant wasted resource, both to their owners and to those in housing need across Shropshire.

There are a number of reasons why properties may become empty, ranging from the owner being in care, to the owner having a lack of skills or finances to manage the property, to legal issues such as probate creating delays.

We aim to work with owners of empty homes to assist them in returning their property to use through engagement, but will consider enforcement options available to us where this is unsuccessful.

We'll investigate if an empty property is causing you the following problems:

  • It's insecure
  • It's dangerous
  • It attracts flytipping
  • It attracts anti-social behaviour
  • The empty state is causing it to be physically damaging to another property