Three long-term empty properties sold at auction as Plymouth cracks down on empty homes

Our ongoing #EmptyHomesPlym campaign highlights the cost to the city of empty homes.


As part of Plymouth City Council’s ongoing work to bring empty homes in the city back into use, the council is pleased to announce that three long term empty properties were sold at auction last week via Shobrook auctioneers.

The Council recently launched the #EmptyHomesPlym campaign as part of a drive to bring some of the 750 empty homes in the city back into use, which are costing owners up to £10,000 a year each in lost rental income. Empty home owners are being offered a range of support by the council to assist with bringing properties back into use.

Two of the properties auctioned were sold after the Council had started to take enforcement action against the owners. The Council was looking to enforce a compulsory purchase order and an empty dwelling management order to bring the properties back into use. After starting the enforcement process, the empty home owner engaged with the Council and put the property on the market to avoid the enforcement action.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, pictured with our Empty Homes team and Helen Williams, Chief Executive of the national Empty Homes charity on a recent visit to Plymouth.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “I’m delighted that these three long term empty properties have been sold at auction following the recent launch of our Empty Homes campaign. I’m also pleased that one of the properties that we were going to pursue enforcement action on ended up being sold at auction. Although we will take enforcement action where necessary, it is always much better if we can work with the empty home owner to find a solution.

“The owners used our discounted rate of commission with a local auction house and the properties sold (STC) at auction last week. They all achieved above Guide Price Offers. Don’t forget we can also offer a range of other support, including financial assistance, to other empty home owners in the city.”

If you want to find out more about the sales support we offer to empty home owners, check our website here: