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Empty and derelict properties

Report an empty property or find out how to bring your empty property back into use.

We are determined to tackle derelict properties blighting the borough. Empty properties rapidly fall into disrepair and often gives rise to litter and anti social behaviour.

Report an empty property

You can report an empty property by calling 020 8314 6622 or emailing housingassistance@lewisham.gov.uk.

Responsibilities of property owners

Owning a property carries duties and obligations. Absentee owners who allow their empty property to fall into disrepair and cause a nuisance will face enforcement action. We now have powers to requisition or compulsory purchase empty properties.

If you own an empty or derelict property, contact us and we will help you bring it back into use through:

  • loans, grants and VAT reductions

  • helping you find tenants.

The vast majority of derelict and eyesore property is privately owned. You can check the ownership of a property at the Land Registry website.  

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