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Preston is a growing city and with this comes the need for more housing. We support local growth and the right of its residents to decent housing, by reducing the number of long term empty homes in the city and the problems they cause.
We work with long term empty home owners to help them find the best way to get their property occupied, through advice and assistance or by finding buyers or development partners.
We also work with different departments and partners to deal with the problems associated with empty homes.
For more information around the benefits of getting properties occupied see the Empty Homes Strategy 2014 - 2019 from the documents section.
To report an empty property in Preston please complete our report an empty property form.
If you are interested in developing an empty home for residential or commercial use see buying an empty home.
It's more valuable to have a property lived in than to have it vacant. To find out how we can help you advertise your property, plus information around letting and renovating, see selling, letting and renovating your property
Find out how you can occupy your property on a short-term basis using property guardians.
To find out how to reduce the risk of criminal damage to your empty property see empty property and responsible ownership.
We prefer to work with you to bring properties back into use, but sometimes enforcement has to be considered. For more information see empty property and enforcement action.
Some empty properties are entitled to a council tax discount. For more information see council tax and empty properties.
For more empty home owner information see useful websites - empty homes.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.