Empty homes in Leeds

In Leeds we have been addressing the challenges associated with empty homes for more than a decade and have brought back into use thousands of properties.

We have loan schemes available to assist empty property owners to return long term empty properties back into use.

Please see the related documents section for more details or contact the Council’s Empty Homes and Loans team on 0113 378 4702 or by email to EmptyHomes@leeds.gov.uk.

Empty Homes Doctor​

If you have an empty home that you want to bring back into use, you can contact the Empty Homes Doctor. The service, funded by Leeds City Council, offers free, practical support to help you to bring your home back into use. 

To contact them, telephone 0113 410 9383 or visit www.emptyhomesdoctor.org.uk.​

Thinking about selling an empty home?

We have a list of people who have said they may be interested in buying empty properties. Please see the 'Investors in Leeds' list in the related documents section for more details.

Converting your property

If you have a retail or commercial building that you wish to convert to residential accommodation, or if you would like to convert your existing residential accommodation into smaller or larger units please see the Guide to Converting your property.

Further information

If you have any questions contact the council's Empty Property Team on 0113 378 4702.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​



Are all empty homes a problem?Are all empty homes a problem?<div class="ExternalClass69E9F55021FB4A8C95F53C38F5C47790">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The housing market would not be able to function effectively without some properties becoming empty at some stage. Whilst all empty homes could be considered a wasted resource it is usually the homes that have been empty for longer periods (6 months or more) that cause the greatest problems. They can attract fly tipping or anti social behaviour.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
How many empty homes are there in Leeds?How many empty homes are there in Leeds?<div class="ExternalClass9D197620B248434297FC93C6C4F3CC39">​We pu​blish information on the <a href="https://datamillnorth.org/dataset/city-wide-empty-properties-trends"><strong>Leeds Data Mill</strong></a>. ​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
Where do you get your information that a property is empty?Where do you get your information that a property is empty?<div class="ExternalClass3B64359C5C1E4AA78330B9C0EF50A4EC">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>We generally get our information from searching Council Tax records.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>
Where can I get help getting my empty home reoccupied?Where can I get help getting my empty home reoccupied?<div class="ExternalClass5DCF2C9CD06A43FCA0E1ECA28B962B81">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Contact the Empty Property Team on 0113 3957151.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></div>



Empty Homes Loan (Unsecured) Application formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Empty Homes Loan (Unsecured) Application form.pdf154022pdf
Empty Homes Loans (Secured) Factsheethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Empty Homes Loans (Secured) Factsheet.pdf111729pdf
Empty Homes Loans (Unsecured) Factsheethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Empty Homes Loans (Unsecured) Factsheet.pdf188218pdf
Empty homes strategy 2016 - 2019https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/empty homes strategy 2016 - 2019.pdf2253124pdf
Empty Homes Loan (secured) Application formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/EHL1 Empty Homes Loan (secured)Application form.pdf164098pdf
Investors in Leeds - April 2018https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Investors in Leeds - April 2018.pdf148149pdf
Investors in Leeds Application Formhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Investors in Leeds Application Form.doc47104doc

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