Do you own an empty home and want to sell it? Would you like to buy an empty property? If so, then the Property Matchmaker Scheme may be just what you need.

The Property Matchmaker Scheme is a free 'dating agency' for empty homes. It aims to match empty property home owners who are would like to sell their property with people who want to buy an empty home.

Selling an empty home

Not all empty home owners have the time or money to return their property to use. Sometimes the best solution is to sell the property to someone who can. Whether your empty home needs repair or is 'ready-to-move-in', you are welcome to join the scheme.

Buying an empty home

If you are interested in purchasing an empty home, the Property Matchmaker can help you find the property that is right for you. You can also let us know if there is a particular empty property that you are interested in purchasing.

An empty home needing repair can give people on a lower budget the opportunity to buy at a more affordable price. It also gives the buyer an opportunity to personalise the property to their own requirements and taste.

There are a wide range of empty home types available. These range from modern to historic, move-in condition to 'do-er uppers', large to small, and rural to urban.

How to join

If you are an owner or a buyer interested in the Matchmaker scheme, please contact the Empty Homes Officer:

01324 590802

They will take details of the property - for example, the number of bedrooms, and condition.

How the scheme works

The Matchmaker Scheme is a free service. Each of the councils in the partnership holds a list of potential buyers. When the Empty Homes Officer spots a 'match' between an empty home and a buyer's requirements, the empty home owner and the buyer will receive each other's details.

The Property Matchmaker is not an estate agency, and all negotiations and sales processes take place between the seller and buyer. If your property is already for sale with an estate agent, we would recommend that you refer any sale through that agent following a "match" through this scheme. If you are selling your property, we recommend that you seek independent professional valuation and legal advice from a solicitor or estate agent.