• December 9, 2023
 Empty properties: The solution to the housing crisis

Empty properties: The solution to the housing crisis

The UK is currently going through a housing crisis. With rent and mortgages increasing, the cost of living is becoming higher and causing severe distress for Brits.

A reason why landlords can charge so much for rent is simply supply and demand. There are not enough properties on the market. Therefore, landlords can charge what they want and still be assured someone will rent their property.

Empty properties in the UK

Contrary to what other sites report, the UK has an abundance of empty properties. Over 268,000 properties have been classed as “long-term empty” which is a property which is left unused for over six months. Assorted outlets claim that this huge number is small so more properties become developed. Properties developed by companies in which the outlets have stakes. But where is the sense in that? A quarter of a million properties are sitting useless with many perfectly ready to have inhabitants move in. We need to revitalise the existing properties instead of building new homes.

The impact of an abandoned property

If left for a long time, the impact of empty properties can be severe. An empty property is always a target for illegal activities due to the fact there is rarely anyone to catch you. Vandalism is rife with empty properties which in turn can cause damage to surrounding areas and properties. Moreover, breaking and entering can lead to squatting. Not only can this cause damage, but removing squatters from a property isn’t easy. With damages like this ongoing, the value of the property decreases, which in turn lowers the value of surrounding homes by association.

In addition, leaving a property empty for too long can cause irreparable damage. With pest and damp increasing over time, the work and cost to resurrect this property may not be worth it.

The solution

The most common reason properties are abandoned is because the owner passes away. Normally, family members will then take on the estate and deal with the remaining property. However, if someone passes away without a will or any known family, the property can sit and gradually become forgotten. This is where Blanchards come in. We specialise in tracing owners or their next of kin to empty properties. If the owner has died, we can trace the beneficiaries of their estate and engage with them directly to bring the property back to use. Similarly, if the owner is still alive, we can contact them and try to resolve the property’s issues and offer informal advice and support. We will aim to provide a solution that preserves the property’s value for the benefit of the owners or their heirs. If you know of an empty property in your area or have a friend that has passed away leaving a property, please contact us.

This article was submitted to be published by Blanchards Inheritance as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.



Blanchards are a firm of probate. We specialise in locating missing heirs and beneficiaries of Estates. As well as specialising in ‘people finding’ we also locate properties, funds and assets, both within the UK and internationally. We provide a fast and efficient service to our clients within the legal sector, it is paramount to us as a business that the experience when seeking out our services is always excellent. We aim to offer fast, efficient solutions to any issue our clients may have. Our strong relationships within the legal sector have come from our ability to do the work required to the highest standard for the best price. We have built strong foundations with legal professionals up and down the country. Our attention to detail will not be beaten, due to our more intimate approach our clients within the legal sector know that they will have a researcher assigned to their case that will be able to offer the solution they need. As well as our dealings within the legal sector, we also work closely with the public sector, assisting with tracing next of kin for people who have passed away intestate.

Key Services

Locate missing beneficiaries Locating missing beneficiaries is our forte. It is the very heartbeat of our business, if you need to find heirs within the UK or internationally, we can help.
Probate property services Blanchards have partnered with our sister company Probate Property Services to offer a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ from property valuation to clearance and sale, we can help.
Family tree verification A commonly requested service by clients within the legal sector is our ability to draw up and confirm family bloodlines. We offer a comprehensive family tree verification service, with a full report on heirs and entitlement.
Missing beneficiary insurance     We offer the ability to extract indemnity insurance for any missing beneficiaries, including creating comprehensive reports for the insurers.
Asset search The ability to trace assets within the UK and internationally proves to be a valuable service for legal professionals, especially when faced with dealing with a will. Prior to extracting probate, a full estate account is required, which is where our asset search proves to be invaluable.
Missing will insurance We can obtain missing will insurance on behalf of the instructing client.
Will search We offer a comprehensive will search, partnering with the national will register ensures our will searches are thorough, no stone is unturned.
Bespoke services If you have a problem and need a solution that isn’t listed we offer a free consultation with our case managers that are able to advise and put together a package for you bespokely.

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