We help Local Authorities

Recent figures show that in England there are over 200,000 long term vacant houses across the country.

It is common knowledge that England needs a supply of around 245,000 homes a year to keep up with household growth, but we can offer a solution wherever you are in the United Kingdom. Although your initial thought may be to build more homes, ignoring the potential of vacant homes can be a costly mistake. To make the most out of vacant properties in your area, we can work with you to get them back in use.

Local Authorities

How we can help?

At Grafton, we offer a free service to all local authorities. This service includes:

Researching the property history

Finding the reason for abandonment & tracing the owner

Offering a solution to get the property back in use

Report a property

If you are the owner of an empty property, you can report it here using our online form.
Report a property

Our Solutions

Title resolution

Property sale

Probate resolution

Mediation

Legal advice

Leaseback Scheme

Leaseback scheme

Many houses are unoccupied simply because the owner doesn’t have the time or funds to take on the property. The Leaseback Scheme solves this problem. 
How does it work?

If you have a list of properties in your local area that are unused, we can contact the owner for you and offer them a lease back scheme depending on their situation. If agreed, the local council has the authority to refurbish the house working with housing associations, and rent the property out for a period of 5-10 years. During this time, the property can be used for temporary or affordable housing and the owner will get a share of the rent. At the end of the term, the owner can either lengthen the term or get the property back to rent or sell on. 

How does this benefit the community?

This benefits the community by getting unused properties back in use to provide temporary or affordable housing. It also brings in extra income for the local authorities which can in return benefit the community.

Empty Home Owners

We Help Empty Home Owners

Are you an empty home owner that doesn’t know what to do or where to start with your property? We can help. We can get your empty property back into working condition through a number of schemes tailored to you and your needs.

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Local Residents

We Help Local Residents

Are you a local resident that lives near an eyesore of a property that’s decaying in front of your eyes? We can help. We will find the property owner and get the empty property back in working condition, giving you new neighbours in no time.

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