A home can often remain empty for a long time when a family member or relative moves into long-term care. For a range of reasons, the person themselves – and their family – are unsure what to do about their home.

Mr L received a letter from the council detailing our service and got in contact with us, at the time he was unsure of what he wanted to do with his property. Mr L has Power of Attorney for his uncle, who is in care and owns a 2 bed semi-detached property in Leeds. The property had been empty for seven years.

"Thank you so much for your help and for putting us in contact with good suppliers, you saved us a lot of time and money. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without you"

We met Mr L at the property and talked him though the options available, he was keen to explore all avenues, including refurbishment, rental and sale. After the initial meeting we worked with Mr L and his family to help them to explore all the options that were available to them. We invited several estate agents, letting agents and contractors to view the property, to give the family a range of opinions on the best way forward.

The family decided to pursue renovating and letting the property. We put him in touch with Let-Leeds who provided a very competitive valuation for the renovation required to bringing the property up to letting standard. The renovation work completed within 3 months of first contact with our Empty Homes Doctors and was let within a week of it going on the market.

This 2 bed semi-detached is now making money for Mr L’s uncle and no longer costing him money – he was paying the 150% Empty Premium council tax rate before contacting us.

After 7 years empty, the house was renovated and let within 6 months.