Empty Homes Strategy 2019-2024
The Council has produced a Strategy which was approved by Cabinet in February 2019 following a period of public consultation.
The strategy can be downloaded from the link on the right hand side of this page.
Empty Homes can be detrimental to the lives of local residents and communities. Even a single empty home can blight a whole street or community, reducing the values of surrounding properties and causing nuisance to local residents. Empty homes can also attract vandalism, fly-tipping and other criminal activity, ranging from the minor to the extremely serious, but in addition to increasing crime and the fear of crime there is also potential for a wider detrimental impact on the local community. They also represent a risk for the emergency services and put added pressure on various council departments such as Environmental Health.
The strategy deals with empty homes and can:
- assist in meeting housing need;
- improve housing conditions;
- assist with a reduction in crime and the fear of crime;
- regenerate blighted areas;
- increase Council Tax collection rates and empty home premiums;
- generate additional income through the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
If you have information on an empty home or wish to report one; please email us, or call 0115 981 9911.
For many years, house prices and rents in the UK have grown faster than average incomes. This has led to an increasing need for affordable housing as more people struggle to afford to purchase or even privately rent a home.
According to Land Registry published data, the average house price in Rushcliffe was just over £257,000 in February 2017, which is higher than the average prices for both Nottinghamshire (circa £161,000) and Nottingham City (circa £128,000). The average house price in Rushcliffe has risen from circa £197,000 in 2011, a rise of 30%.
According to Valuation Agency Office data recorded in 2015/16 the average monthly rent (median) for a privately rented property in Rushcliffe is as follows: £325 (shared accommodation); £375 (studio); £425 (1 bedroom); £550 (2 bedrooms); £695 for (3 bedrooms); £1100 (4+bedrooms), which is higher than the Nottinghamshire averages and contributes to the need for affordable housing. We work with developers and housing associations (also known as Registered Providers of Social Housing) to assess and meet the local need for affordable housing.
- from April 2009 to March 2017, we helped to ensure that 430 new affordable homes were delivered.
- As a largely rural area, we make sure that affordable housing is built in the countryside where there is a housing need. This helps local people to stay in their communities and allows those communities to thrive.