Empty Homes

The Council Plan 2011 – 2015 sets out the Council’s vision and priorities for this period. Strategic Objective 2 within the Council Plan is to ensure the right mix and quality of housing to meet the local needs. To achieve this priority, one of the key actions is to adapt a proactive approach to bring more empty homes back into use. An empty homes strategy is currently being drafted and due to be completed in the near future. Upon completion, proactive works will commence to persuade the owners of empty homes to bring them back into use.

The downloadable documents section below contains various advice leaflets for empty home owners and neighbours of empty homes.

If you are aware of, or your property is being seriously affected by an empty home, please contact housing services on 01900 702570 or email

In certain circumstances we may be able to respond to complaints where neighbouring properties are being seriously affected.

Empty Homes Matchmaker Scheme

Allerdale Borough Council has set up an Empty Homes Matchmaker scheme that helps unite empty homeowners with persons looking to buy an empty home. Please see the Matchmaker scheme for further information.

Downloadable Documents

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Adobe PDF format - download the viewerBecoming a Landlord in PDF format95 Kb14 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerEmpty Homes Advice in PDF format109 Kb16 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerEmpty Homes - A Leaflet for Neighbours in PDF format93 Kb13 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb
Adobe PDF format - download the viewerSecuring Empty Homes in PDF format89 Kb13 secs @ 56k, 0 secs @ 2mb

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