Teignbridge Council is supporting a national week of action on empty homes with a call for Teignbridge residents to report empty properties in their area.
In Teignbridge there are currently 762 properties which have stood empty for six months or more. With the housing market remaining challenging and an increased need for affordable housing, Teignbridge is working to help ensure that more empty homes are brought back in to use.
As part of the week Teignbridge is asking anyone who knows of a long term empty property in their area to let the council know so it can try to help bring it back in to use. By bringing empty properties back on the market it can help provide accommodation for people in need, as well as making areas more attractive places to live.
Empty homes can be reported online, by post or in person at the Council offices, Forde House, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4XX, or by phoning 01626 215425.
As part of its efforts, Teignbridge is also working with owner to prevent properties being repossessed and subsequently becoming empty. This includes fighting homelessness on the front line by offering a Court Desk service at Torquay & Newton Abbot County Court. This helps Teignbridge reach people who are at risk of having their homes repossessed or of being evicted. Officers attend court every other Tuesday to offer advice, explain the process and when necessary talk to the Judge on behalf of clients.
For residents living in the east of Teignbridge who have their cases heard at the Exeter County Court, the council unfortunately does not have an officer available to attend, but the Housing Options team based at Forde House are available to provide assistance.
The Housing Options team can be contacted on 01626 215367 / 215314 or [email protected]