Empty homes pose problems for the council, the owner, neighbours, the emergency services and the environment. They are often a blemish on an area and can be subject to vandalism and unsightly graffiti. The council receives service requests and complaints about these properties and has to deal with pests, dilapidation, damage to neighbouring properties and hazards to the public.
There are currently around 739 empty homes in The Vale of Glamorgan and the council's first Empty Homes Strategy has been drafterd. The Draft strategy covers the period on 2012-2017 and outlines a coordinared, proactive approach to tackling empty homes and encouraging owners to bring them back to use.