Empty properties

If you have an empty property you want to sell, or are interested in buying one of the advertised properties, please contact Housing Standards by email: privatesectorhousing@pendle.gov.uk.

Further details of properties for sale at the moment.

The Improvement for Sale Scheme involves us buying, by negotiation, long term vacant properties from the current owners. The properties are then fully renovated to a high standard.

We have a number of people who are interested in buying empty properties in Pendle. We have set up the Empty Homes for Sale or to Buy initiative. The initiative puts owners of empty properties who want to sell their property in touch with people who potentially want to buy these empty properties.

The Empty Homes strategy sets out how we intend to bring empty homes back into use. The various options included in the strategy offer a number of different ways of helping owners get their empty properties back into use including:

  • Improvement for sale,
  • Enforcement action,
  • Empty Properties for sale/to buy initiative,
  • Information on letting the property

Where negotiations with an owner have been exhausted, we have powers to take enforcement action against the owner to carry out repairs.

Initially we seek to encourage owners of empty homes to bring them back into use voluntarily, by offering support, advice and assistance. However, occasionally owners are unwilling to work with us or if the property is causing a specific problem in the neighbourhood then enforcement action will be used.

Legislation available to us to bring empty properties back into use or reduce their impact includes:

  • Housing Act 2004,
  • Housing Act 1985,
  • Law of Property Act 1925,
  • Town and Country Planning Act 1990,
  • Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982,
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990,
  • Building Act 1984,
  • Prevention of Damage by Pests Act 1949

The Government has announced funding to help bring back empty homes into use within Pennine Lancashire, and we are working with the Together Housing Group to deliver the programme over the next 3 years.

This is called the LinkedUp empty homes programme and you can find out more information on this page.

There are a number of  options available to assist with bringing properties back into use.

The programme offers 4 options which include:

  • 5 year lease,
  • 10 year lease,
  • Purchase and Repair,
  • Private Finance Initiative 

For more details visit the LinkedUp website or email info@linkedup.org.uk.