Empty buildings can detract from the quality of the local area and may cause a nuisance to surrounding dwellings and businesses.
Poorly maintained buildings may be targeted by vandals and arsonists and attract anti-social behaviour, squatting or drug dealing. The existing conditions may also attract pests, cause damp or structural problems to neighbouring buildings and may be hazardous to the general public.
We often receive complaints regarding empty homes and vacant commercial premises.
Empty homes restrict local housing supply and are a wasted resource. The council prefers to engage with the current owners to find acceptable solutions.
However, enforcement action may be necessary if re-occupation of empty properties has not been achieved through voluntary means. The council’s powers can include compulsory purchase and enforced sale, or taking over the running of a property through Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
Vacant commercial premises
Newark and Sherwood District Council can deal with issues on problem sites. We can require the owners to take various measures such as enhancing the security of the site or remove hazardous materials.
If you require any further information on empty buildings or would like to report nuisance problems related to a site or building near you, please contact our customer services team.