How to buy an empty property

You can check our list of estate agents in Brighton & Hove and contact them to find an empty property.

You can also buy an empty property at an auction. Find out where and when future auctions are in your local area. 

Join our list of investors

We hold a list of investors looking for empty properties to buy in Brighton & Hove.

To join the list, email your contact details to emptyproperties@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

When you are on the list we will tell you about the empty properties that are for sale - if the owner has agreed we can share this information.

How to find out if a property is empty

To find out if a property is empty, or who owns a property, you can search the HM Land registry.

You can also search the Planning Applications Register for information about properties that look empty. 

Commercial property

We have a database on our Business and trade pages where you can:

  • find properties that can be used for commercial and social enterprises
  • view specialist agent and auction houses that work with commercial property

Pop-up or short term shops

If you want to set up a shop for a short period of time, you could open a pop up shop. Find more information on the We Are Pop website. 

Find a space for an arts project

If you want to find an empty building or space for an arts project, contact the Arts and cultural projects team.

If you want to organise an event on council land, contact the events team

Contact us to help

Send an email to emptyproperties@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or phone 01273 293 035 or 01273 293 244.