It's time to have your say on how empty homes in the borough should be filled, with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council seeking residents views.

The council's new empty homes policy has been introduced to address the issue of long-term vacant dwellings in the borough, with WHBC recognising they are "wasted resource".

The policy primarily focuses on privately owned empty homes, that have been vacant for two years or more, and aims to tackle owners who fail to maintain their empty homes, reduce the number of empty properties across the borough and increase the supply of available housing to help meet housing need.

As part of the draft policy, WHBC must get the views of residents, with the consultation open until November 27.

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The draft Empty Homes Policy can be found on the council website which is important to read before completing the survey

"There are many benefits of bringing disused properties back into use, including improving neighbourhoods, reducing crime, anti-social behaviour and contributing to meeting local housing needs," said Cllr Lynn Chesterman, deputy leader of the council and executive member for housing.

"This consultation gives our communities the opportunity to have their say and we encourage as many people as possible to respond."