The York Council claims to have brought 17 empty homes back into use during the year ending March 2018.
Responding to a Freedom of Information request the council said that it done so using “informal actions”. It had not resorted to compulsory purchase orders, empty dwelling management orders or enforced sales.
It says that the cost of taking the action was around £19,000.
The Council has a web site which offers advice on empty homes. You can also report any homes which you believe to be empty (anonymously if you wish)
Loans are available from the Council for the owners of empty property who want to bring them up to a living standard
The Councils Empty Property Strategy is set out in their Private Sector Housing Strategy 2016-2021.