In order to bring empty privately owned homes back into use, we need the help of landlords, owners and residents to identify all empty flats and houses in the borough.
We rely on local residents to tell us about any empty properties they know of.
Spotting an empty property
Spotting an empty property is not always easy as an empty property might be well looked after. There's a good chance the property is still empty if:
- the property is boarded up or has metal screens over the doors and windows
- no one is ever seen entering or leaving the property
- the front and back gardens are very overgrown
- there is rubbish dumped at the front or back of the property
- there are pests and vermin
- there is evidence of squatting or illegal activities
- the property looks derelict, with broken windows and doors, holes in the roof or a large amount of uncollected post has built up.
How we are turning empty properties back into homes
Islington Council is committed to providing more good quality, decent homes by encouraging and supporting owners to bring their properties back into use.
The council can help with grants (subject to availability) and advice so that the property can produce an income for the owners and provide a much needed home for a family.
We offer as much assistance and advice as possible. If the owner of an empty property will not bring the property back into use the council will consider taking legal action as a last resort.
If you wish to call rather than email you can phone the private sector team on 0207 527 6068/6073/6081.
Empty property grants for landlords
Empty property grants provide capital funding for repairs to bring properties back into use
Empty property grants for homeowners
The grant is intended to help people get onto the property ladder in Islington by offering small grants to first time buyers who have taken on a property that doesn't currently meet basic housing standards