Empty Homes


Long term empty homes can have a large impact on the local community and their owners:

  • Reduction in the value of the empty home and the neighbouring properties
  • Attracting illegal and anti-social behaviour such as fly tipping, vandalism and arson
  • Additional renovation costs to the owner as the empty home deteriorates over time
  • Environmental health risks from vermin and waste plus the additional clearance costs to the owner
  • Increased risk of squatters
  • A wasted resource when so many people are in need of housing

The Private Sector Housing Policy Framework sets out the Council’s broad approach to its support for and work with private sector housing including empty homes.

If the empty home becomes an eyesore or a nuisance to neighbours we may take legal action to make the owner put it right. Further information can be found in the Private Sector Housing Policy Framework which should be read in conjunction with the latest Housing Act Notice Charges document. Both documents can be found in Related documents at the bottom of the page.

If you own a long term empty home, Boston Borough Council can offer advice and assistance such as information on selling, renting, VAT discounts through HMRC and other financial assistance available to help bring empty homes back into use. You can also take steps to protect the property against fraud by signing up to Property Alerts with Land Registry – see Useful links.


Report a problem empty home

Empty homes bring down an area and threaten the health of the local community.  If a privately-owned home is causing problems like this, report it to us now:

Phone: 01205 314 563

Contact us online: housing.standards@boston.gov.uk


Useful links:



Landlords Guide to

Housing Standards



Managing & Ending

a Tenancy

Houses in Multiple

Occupation (HMOs)

Licensing of Houses in

Multiple Occupation (HMOs)