Empty Homes


What is an Empty Home

An empty home may be a flat, dwelling house or house in multiple occupation which is privately owned and has been unoccupied for more than six months.

Not all empty properties brought to our attention fall within the categories described above (such as commercial properties). However we may make further enquiries to assist in resolving issues of concern or to provide advice on making better use of such a property.

Oxford city has a severe housing shortage due to a growing population and limited opportunity to develop land for additional housing. For this reason the Council is committed to encouraging owners to bring unoccupied dwellings back into use.

There are approximately 300 unoccupied dwellings in the city, 78  of which have been unoccupied for more than 2 years.

Report an empty property

Report an empty property

More information

Housing and Homelessness Strategy (including empty homes)