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An empty property could be costing the owner over £10,000 a year in expenses and lost income. There are a number of choices. Which one you choose will depend on the type of property you own and your own personal circumstances.
From time to time private investors approach us to buy empty homes. We will not give out a list of empty homes, but we will put owners in contact with interested buyers if so requested.
You may wish to rent the property. You can contact a letting agent who will manage the tenancies and property for you. A list of letting agents can be found in the phone book or on various websites.
If you use a letting agent you may wish to consider using an agent registered with the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) or the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) who both run schemes to ensure high professional standards for letting agents. In any case, make sure the Letting Agent is a member of a Redress Scheme and displays all of its charges.
If you do it alone, make sure you understand the laws about renting out property and the standard the house must meet. You may also need planning permission from us if you are changing the use of the property or building regulation permission if you carry out building work.