Empty properties are a concern to us because they have the potential to negatively affect individuals, local communities and the city as a whole. They're also assets that, if occupied, would help meet the demand for housing in the city.
Our aim is to reduce the number of empty properties in Sheffield and we can provide owners with information, advice and assistance to help bring empty properties back into use.
Selling an empty property
There are schemes you can use to help you sell your empty property.
- Property Purchase Scheme: we might be interested in buying your empty property to add to our social housing stock. Properties must be in areas where there is sufficient demand for social housing and we'll generally consider properties up to a maximum of £90,000. If you're interested, please download the application form, fill it in and return it to us using the contact details on the application form
- Empty Property Matching Service: we hold a list of private buyers looking for empty properties. You can advertise your property to these buyers using our free service. If you're interested, please download the registration form, fill it in and return it to us
- we can also provide details about schemes run by other organisations in the city. Please call or email us for the latest information
Letting an empty property
We run a ‘Private Rented Scheme’ where we can help landlords find tenants for their property, matching the right person to your property and finding a home for someone who needs it. We can also provide details about schemes run by other organisations in the city. Please call or email us for the latest information
Buying an empty property
Buyers can register on our free Empty Property Matching Service to receive information on empty properties for sale.
If you've seen a particular empty property that you're interested in buying, you'll need to try to contact the owner to see if they're willing to sell. You can do this by:
- delivering a letter addressed to “The Owner” to the empty property
- talking to neighbours of the empty property
- contacting the Land Registry for the name and address of the registered owner (there will be a small charge for this service)
- using telephone directories, the electoral register, family history websites, etc. to obtain the owner’s information (there may be a charge for some of these services)
- council records: we may hold information on the owner but for data protection reasons we're unable to disclose such information. However, where we hold contact details for the owner we can forward a letter to them on your behalf for them to contact you if they're interested in selling the property