Support with an empty house

Reducing the number of empty homes helps to increase the number of homes available, bring properties back into use and remove properties that are eyesores or attract anti-social behaviour.

Bringing properties back into use

If you own a property that is unoccupied, help may be available to bring the property back in to use. This could include:

  • Guidance on how to sell your property
  • Guidance on how to rent out your property – the landlord accreditation and tenancy bond schemes
  • Financial assistance
  • Help to maximise property opportunities eg conversions etc
  • Advice on how to find a suitable builder

Empty homes enforcement

If the owner of an empty property is unable or unwilling to bring it back into use the council is able to take action. This includes enforced sales, empty dwelling management orders and compulsory purchase orders, depending upon the circumstances.

How to get assistance with your empty property

For more details and how to apply for any assistance available to owners of empty homes, please call 0151 443 4712 or email

Matching empty homes with buyers

The matchmaker scheme is a free service that matches empty homes with possible buyers.

You can join the matchmaker scheme if you own an empty property that has been unoccupied for six months or more, or are interested in buying an empty property.

For further information, you can read our Empty Homes Strategy (PDF).

Empty Home Owner Grant

In order to encourage the return to use of empty properties Knowsley Council have limited funding available to offer grant assistance to owners of empty properties. If you own an empty property in Knowsley you may be eligible to apply for grant assistance to bring your property up to a decent standard, thus allowing the dwelling to become occupied.

Who can apply?

  • You can apply if you are:
  • 18 years of age or older; and
  • The owner of an empty dwelling which is over 10 years old.

When an application is received a member of the Environmental Health Team will attend the property and discuss your options and decide if a referral should be made for grant assistance.

How much financial assistance is available?

If the grant application is approved, following the submission of two written quotations for the works, the council will pay 50% of the cost of improvement works up to a maximum grant value of £5,000.
Knowsley Council will cover the costs associated with administration of the grant.

What conditions apply?

  • When the work is completed the property must become, and remain, occupied for the duration of the grant condition period.
  • You must repay the grant in full after five years - no interest will be charged.
  • If the property is rented the Council require nomination rights for five years and the property must be accredited with Knowsley Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

Further information

If you would like to know more about the scheme please ring 0151 443 4712 or email

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