North East Lincolnshire Council

Could you transform an empty house into a home?

Over a thousand privately-owned properties in North East Lincolnshire have stood empty for more than six months and a further 800 which have been empty for more than two years, according to council figures.

The Council, working in partnership with ENGIE, is supporting national Empty Homes Week and will be hosting two drop-in sessions for both developers and residents to discuss or report empty homes.

The sessions will take place at the ENGIE offices New Oxford House on George Street in Grimsby on:

  • Monday 15 October between 1pm and 4pm
  • Friday 19 October between 9am and 12 noon

Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for housing, said: “All Council’s across the UK have a number of empty homes in their area, and North East Lincolnshire is no different. This is very much a national issue.

“We are always willing to work with both owners of an empty property, and with developers who are looking to snap up an empty property and transform it into a fully-functioning home.

“Empty homes really can become a root cause of problems in a community, attracting vandalism, fly-tipping and antisocial behaviour.

“If you own a property which has stood empty for some time, it is worth getting in touch with the Council’s housing enforcement team to look at the options available to try to bring that property back in to use.”

In some cases with empty properties, the council can use its powers to compulsory purchase properties and find ways to bring them back into use.

If an empty property is causing problems to your local community, report it online at or call the Home Improvement Team on (01472) 32 4727.

Alternatively, if you are the owner of an empty property or a developer who would be interested in purchasing one please email the Home Improvement Team on or call (01472) 32 4727.

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