Empty homes website goes live

A new website has been launched to help tackle the problem of empty homes in Northern Ireland.

The website www.emptyhomesni.com gives homeowners information on the options available to help bring empty homes back into housing use.

The website is part of the Department for Social Development’s Empty Homes strategy which is being delivered in partnership with the Housing Executive.

Minister Nelson McCausland welcomed this step saying: “People should use this website to tell us where these properties are so that we can tackle the blight they bring and help meet housing need.”

Siobhan McCauley, Housing Executive Director of Regional Services, said: “It is estimated that there are in excess of 30,000 vacant residential properties throughout Northern Ireland. Any property that is lying empty is a wasted resource, both for the person who owns it and those looking for somewhere to live.

“Bringing these properties back into use could benefit the owners, provide affordable housing for those looking for a home, while at the same time improve and regenerate neighbourhoods with a reduction in anti-social behaviour, property deterioration and associated crime.”

The website will allow the public to report an empty home. It will also give homeowners advice on a range of options and useful contacts for renting, various ways of selling, or renovating.

Contact a member of the Empty Homes Unit by telephoning 03448 920900 or by emailing emptyhomes@nihe.gov.uk