A property which has been empty (unoccupied) for six months or more is considered to be a long term empty home.
A local authority may take action where a building is unoccupied, or where the occupier is temporarily absent, and the building is not effectively secured against unauthorised entry or is likely to become a danger to public health.
The authority may undertake any works necessary, including boarding up to prevent unauthorised entry or to prevent the building becoming a danger to public health.
The private sector housing team contact the owners of empty properties and offer advice and support to those wishing to bring the property back into use.
Advice on any available government funded loans will be given where appropriate. Visit the Kent County Council 'No Use Empty' campaign website which has details of empty homes loans.
Private sector housing can be contacted about empty properties email the private sector housing team or by telephone on 01233 330339.