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Help for Empty Home Owners

Leaving a home empty costs the owner money in utility bills, council tax and higher insurance and mortgage costs. We want to work with the owners to bring the home back in to use.

We want to work with the owners of empty properties in our district to bring them back into use. Here are some ways we can help:

Advice and Support                                            

  • Discuss your options
  • Provide information and signpost to other services
  • Help to identify work needed before letting
  • Active support where needed (eg liaise with agents, help with clearance etc)

To discuss any advice and support we can offer, please contact the Empty Homes Officer at East Herts Council by telephone on 01992 531502 or email

PLACE Empty Homes Loan Scheme                                      

  • Funding for essential repairs
  • Loan to sell or let
  • Interest free and up to £25,000 per unit
  • Repayable within 5 years or on completion of sale

For more information please see our PLACE Empty Homes Loan Scheme leaflet [301kb].

Reduce your VAT payments from 20% to 5%     

  • Properties that have been empty for more than 2 years may be eligible for reduced VAT on renovations or alterations.
  • We can provide a letter certifying this for your contractor to use as evidence for HMRC.
  • To do this we need to undertake some checks and a fee is charged for this service.

For more information please visit the HMRC website.

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