Case studies

It is always exciting and satisfying to see a disused and abandoned Empty Home take shape into a beautiful, well-appointed home.


Vale of Glamorgan

Property information

This property had been empty for over three years. It was vandalised and had been broken into on several occasions. The front and rear gardens were regularly used for fly tipping which caused a real eyesore for the community. The owner eventually installed metal shutters on all windows and doors to secure the property against unauthorised entry.

Partners involved

  • Welsh Government
  • The Vale of Glamorgan Council, Environmental Health & Private Sector Housing Dept
  • United Welsh / Empty Homes Wales
  • SMK Ltd


The Vale of Glamorgan Council worked closely with the owner and a number of options were explored to bring the property back into use. The owner was interested in finding out more about leasing the property so the Council referred the owner to United Welsh.

United Welsh inspected the property and assessed the extent of the works required to make it habitable and the associated costs. They funded the total refurbishment works in exchange for a 5 year lease of the property.

SMK, a local contractor, was employed to carry out the works to this three bedroom property, to a high standard, making sure it complied with the Welsh Housing Quality Standards.

United Welsh's Neighbourhood Officer identified a suitable tenant and secured a tenancy. This property now provides a lovely family home.

To promote the empty homes initiative and demonstrate partnership working, Carl Sargeant AM, Housing and Regeneration Minister, Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, and Richard Mann, Director of Development for United Welsh, along with other staff members, visited the property prior to works commencing. An interview was recorded and featured on the TV programme Wales This Week.

Carl Sergeant said: "This refurbishment in Barry is a great example of what can be achieved, turning a long term empty property into a good quality, family home and making a real difference to the community in the process."

Cllr Neil Moore added: "This project is an excellent example of bringing back into use a long term privately owned empty property as a much needed family home.

"This refurbishment has only happened through the coordinated efforts of the Vale Council, Welsh Government, and United Welsh Housing Association, using SMK a local building contractor and a local workforce to carry out the work.

"I hope that this is a trend that can continue where empty properties can once again be much needed homes for local residents."