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40 properties “under review” after Minister’s call for empty homes

40 properties “under review” after Minister’s call for empty homes

Tuesday 31 January 2023

40 properties “under review” after Minister’s call for empty homes

Tuesday 31 January 2023

40 properties are already "under review" following the Housing Minister's call-out for islanders to volunteer their empty homes to help resolve the island's housing crisis.

Deputy David Warr made the announcement as he launched the 'Empty Homes Service', which was one of six 'action points' in his ‘Action on Vacant Properties' plan published at the end of last year.

The Empty Homes Service will aim to provide guidance to owners who might be unsure how to go about bringing an empty home back into use, while also working to identify long-term empty properties and find out why they might be empty.

Islanders can log the location of homes they believe to be vacant by emailing or calling the service or reporting one online


Pictured: Housing Minister David Warr estimates that there are around 900 empty homes in Jersey. 

The most recent census estimated that roughly 4,000 homes were vacant in Jersey - almost one in every 10 properties. 

However, following research by his officers, Deputy Warr estimates the true number of empty homes to be around 900

Deputy Warr outlined in his Ministerial Plan that he wished to prioritise dealing with the issue of empty homes and has previously stated that compulsory purchase action is also being considered "where all other available options have been exhausted", and where public interest in acquiring a property can be "proven." 

Among the recent methods used to identify empty properties has been asking islanders to send forms alongside rates returns.

Deputy Warr pledged to publish an update report in the summer to let islanders know about the progress of the service.

He said it "may include further actions should it become clear that is necessary to get even more homes back into use".

"We already have 40 cases under review, and that’s before the service had even launched," he continued.

"It’s clear to me how much people care about this issue – they’re sad to see homes lying empty and falling into disrepair, and owners know they’re sitting on a wasted resource and want to do something about it."

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Posted by The old git Git on
What about the empty properties owned by the States?
Just to name one "The La Folie" pub and accommodation has been empty for years.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Some of these properties are no doubt empty because someone has died and left no will ,maybe no close relative ,so it can take literally years to find the next of kin.Reading that neighbours can report empty properties and report you takes you back to occupation times...mind what you tell your neighbour!
Posted by Scott Mills on
Well said Jon Jon, public reporting on other's seems a little twisted, but worse should planning/housing already have a list of empty houses within their portfolio. I'm sick and tired of doing all the governemnt admin, and reporting, for no pay. Similarly in a bank the automated deposit machines often offered by a worker. No thanks, if I want to use them, I'd apply for a job in retail banking. Same goes for supermarkets, people stop using those self check out machines, because if we don't we'll soon have no option but to use them.
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