How to identify an Empty Property
A long-term empty property is usually easy to identify as it may be neglected and in a state of disrepair. Some telltale signs may include:
- Large amount of uncollected post building up inside the front door.
- Garden not being maintained or is rubbish being dumped and not removed
- Signs of disrepair and external damage that are not being dealt with, eg broken windows, damaged roof
- The property been boarded up
- Lights left on or no one ever visit the property
You may also want to speak to the neighbours in the area, they may know more about the property and its owner and may remember how long the property has been empty.
Contact the local authority where the property is located to see if the property is listed on their records as a long-term empty.
Where there is a combination of these factors, the chances are that the property is a long-term empty.
You can also contact try contacting your local estate agent to find out if they have details of any empty properties. They may not have pictures of these properties in their shop window so it is worth asking to see what is available. Auction catalogues are also a good place to find empty properties that are for sale.