Inquiry into empty properties
- This consultation has completed. It ran from Thursday, 18 April 2019 to Friday, 31 May 2019
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Response to the consultation
Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation
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- EP 01 - Harlech in Action PDF 141 KB
- EP 02 - Residential Landlords Association PDF 386 KB
- EP 03 - Scottish Empty Homes Partnership PDF 194 KB
- EP 03a - Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (additional information) PDF 711 KB View as HTML (6) 180 KB
- EP 04 - Shelter Cymru PDF 145 KB
- EP 05 - United Welsh PDF 86 KB
- EP 06 - South East Wales Empty Property Working Group PDF 152 KB
- EP 07 - Vale of Glamorgan Council PDF 99 KB
- EP 08 - Country Land and Business Association PDF 174 KB
- EP 09 - Wales Co-operative Centre PDF 182 KB
- EP 10 - Action on Empty Homes PDF 232 KB
- EP 11 - Swansea Council PDF 83 KB
- EP 12 - Community Housing Cymru PDF 218 KB
- EP 13 - TPAS Cymru PDF 100 KB
- EP 14 - CIH Cymru PDF 182 KB
- EP 15 - E.ON PDF 178 KB
- EP 15a - E.ON (additional information) PDF 186 KB
- EP 16 - Safeaagent Wales PDF 181 KB
- EP 17 - ARLA and NAEA Propertymark PDF 164 KB
- EP 18 - Tai Pawb PDF 286 KB
- EP 19 - Shared Regulatory Services PDF 175 KB
- EP 20 - WLGA and the All-Wales Private Sector Housing Expert Panel PDF 166 KB
- EP 20a - WLGA and All-Wales Private Sector Housing Expert Panel PDF 11 MB
- EP 21 - National Landlords Association PDF 30 KB View as HTML (26) 10 KB
- EP 22 - Federation of Master Builders Cymru (Welsh only) PDF 156 KB
- EP 23 - Newport City Council PDF 320 KB
- EP 24 - No Use Empty: Kent Empty Property Initiative PDF 468 KB View as HTML (29) 41 KB
- EP 24a - No Use Empty: Kent Empty Property Initiative (additional information) PDF 693 KB View as HTML (30) 25 KB
Purpose of the consultation
The terms of reference for the inquiry were to consider:
- The extent to which empty properties impact on the supply of affordable housing in Wales;
- The impact of empty properties on communities in Wales and challenges faced by local authorities dealing with the problem;
- The extent to which local authorities have the legislative powers they need to deal with empty properties;
- Examples of best practice in turning empty properties into affordable, energy efficient homes;
- The extent to which the changes introduced by the Housing (Wales) Act 2014 giving local authorities discretion to charge council tax premiums on empty homes have been utilised, and the effectiveness of this policy.
In its request for written evidence, the Committee sought answers to the following questions:
<![if !supportLists]>1. <![endif]>Is enough being done to tackle empty properties in Wales? If not, what needs to change?
<![if !supportLists]>2. <![endif]>What impact can empty properties have on a community?
<![if !supportLists]>3. <![endif]>How effectively are local authorities using the statutory and non-statutory tools at their disposal to deal with empty properties?
<![if !supportLists]>4. <![endif]>Do local authorities need additional statutory powers to deal with empty properties? If yes, what powers do they need?
<![if !supportLists]>5. <![endif]>Are owners of empty properties given the support, information and advice that they need to bring properties back into occupation? If not, what additional help do they need?
<![if !supportLists]>6. <![endif]>Is there sufficient awareness of the practical assistance that local authorities can offer to owners of empty properties? If not, how could this be improved?
<![if !supportLists]>7. <![endif]>Are the skills and resources of housing associations and the private sector being fully utilised to tackle empty properties?
<![if !supportLists]>8. <![endif]>Is enough being done to ensure empty properties can be brought back into use as affordable homes? Are there examples of good practice in this area?
<![if !supportLists]>9. <![endif]>Is the power to charge a council tax premium on long-term empty homes a useful tool and is it being effectively used? If not, how could this tool be made more effective?
Providing Written Evidence
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Disclosure of information
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Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:
Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee
Telephone: 0300 200 6565