Empty property

A long-term empty home is any privately owned home which has been empty for 6 months or more.

Derelict property

A derelict building is a property in a bad state of repair because it has not been used or lived in for a long time.

How we can help

It is up to the owner to look after their property. However, if a home is empty or derelict, we can help fix the problem.

We work with owners to find the best ways to bring empty properties back into use.

Many properties are empty for a reason. We appreciate that renovations and sales take time. We will rarely need to get involved in these circumstances.

Our focus is on providing advice if you want to do something with the empty property. We want to help guide you through the range of options and support available.

This way, you can select the solution that is right for you and your property.

We also look at problematic properties and cases where the owner is not returning a property to use.

We will investigate and contact the owner to try to bring the property back into use. Enforcement powers may be used, where appropriate.

Bringing an empty or derelict property back into use can:

  • save the owner money
  • generate rental income
  • offer a lump sum through sale
  • provide a much needed home whilst being improved.

Report a property

To report a property you believe to be empty or derelict, email planning.representations@medway.gov.uk.

What happens next

We will:

  • arrange a visit
  • investigate your report
  • contact the owner
  • take enforcement action (where appropriate).

Investment or property developer opportunities

If you are interested in buying empty properties in Medway, you can apply to have your details added to our developers list.

This list is sent to owners of empty properties in the Medway area who are thinking about selling.

To apply, email your details to: planning.representations@medway.gov.uk.

Compulsory Purchase Order

Medway Council (364 High Street, Rochester) Compulsory Purchase Order 2022

364 High Street, Rochester, is located in the Star Hill to Sun Pier Conservation Area. The property has been vacant since 2012 and has fallen into significant disrepair. This has generated a number of complaints relating to the external condition of the property.

To date all efforts to find and contact the legal owner of the building have been unsuccessful. Medway Council is committed to improving the overall environment of Medway, particularly buildings whose external condition has deteriorated.

Notice is hereby given that the Medway Council has made the Medway Council (364 High Street, Rochester) Compulsory Purchase Order 2022 under 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. It is about to submit this order to the Secretary of State for confirmation, and if confirmed, the order will authorise Medway Council to purchase compulsorily the land described below for the purpose of facilitating its improvement.

View the order

A copy of the order and of the accompanying map may be seen at all reasonable hours at Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR by appointment only.

Hard copies can also be sent by post, free of charge, upon request.

To book an appointment or request a hard copy, call Arron Nicholls on 01634 333 184 or email arron.nicholls@medway.gov.uk.

View the order documents online