Empty properties

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


Empty Properties are a wasted resource which could provide much needed homes. They can be an eyesore for local residents and cause other concerns.

Cornwall currently has a high housing need, with many pressures on the housing market.

In addition to planning for new housing development, we are working towards bringing empty properties back into residential use and helping to meet housing requirements. This also helps us continue to raise housing standards.

What can we do to help you?

We offer a range of help for owners of empty properties:

  • Low cost loans scheme
  • Access to leasing schemes
  • Letter of evidence for VAT savings
  • Free Pre-application planning advice
  • Other advice about bringing empty properties back into habitable use.

This can be for:

  • empty residential properties
  • empty non-residential properties that have valid planning permission for the required change of use.

Report empty properties to us

Use our form to report empty properties to us.

Empty property matching

The Empty Property Matching Service aims to match empty property home owners who are would like to sell their property with potential buyers who want to purchase an empty property and bring it back into use. 

Read about our empty property matching service

Empty property loan

We offer short term, low interest loans for properties that have been empty or unused for at least six months.

Read more on our empty property loan page.

VAT savings for empty properties

Information on VAT savings and council tax discounts for empty properties.

Responding to our letter

If we have written to you to ask if a property is empty, you can let us know more about the property here

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