Empty council properties are usually awaiting repair, redecoration or re-letting and we are keen to ensure they stay empty so that someone on the housing waiting list has the opportunity to find a home.
The laws on unauthorised occupants are quite complex and the Council cannot simply evict a person who is occupying a property unlawfully. If any tenant becomes aware of an unlawful occupant in a property they know is vacant, perhaps because one tenant has moved out and another has not yet moved in, please let us know so we can take action.
The Council cannot know what is happening in all the properties that it owns and we greatly appreciate the information we receive from our tenants.
If you see anyone suspicious or who appears to be occupying a property unlawfully, please contact us so we can resolve the matter quickly. Any contact will be strictly confidential.