We are committed to reducing the number of empty properties in Brent. We can offer generous grants and incentive schemes to help owners bring these properties back into residential use.
If you leave a property empty, the condition and value of your property will depreciate, the property could be the target of arson, vandalism, squatters and attract pests. You may be faced with high insurance premiums, and you will receive no rental income.
If your property remains empty and unfurnished for more than two years, a 100% premium will be added to your annual Council Tax bill. After five years, a 200% premium applies and this increases to a 300% premium after 10 years.
If a property remains empty for a long time there are legal powers we can use to take it over.