Reporting Empty Properties and Earning money for yourself

Empty property at Plaistow Lane in Bickley ward. This is the ward of Councillor Smith the leader of Bromley Council.

Do you want earn money for yourself and your favourite charity?  A private company “ You spot Property “has set up a scheme to bring empty properties back into use. You could be awarded a £20 Marks and Spencer voucher for reporting the empty property provided certain criteria are meet: if the company buys the property, you will be awarded 1% of the purchase price and £500 towards a local charity. You need to read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page carefully.

There are lots of empty properties in Bromley Council. Check out my posts here and here.

This property is in the road known as Northdene in Beckenham Place Park in Bromley. It had two suspicious fires within 3 days. It has been empty for over well over 10 years.

According to the Department for Levelling up, Housing and Communities, Bromley Council is underperforming on bringing back empty residential properties into use:

“In each of the last four years of Final New Homes Bonus allocations (from 2020-21 to 202324), Bromley has recorded a negative figure for the ‘Empty homes brought into use’. Long term empty homes are measured by Line 18 of the CTB form. The number brought back into use is calculated by subtracting the stock of empty homes in the current year from the previous year to give the net change. A negative figure represents an increase in the number of empty homes. “

The source is a freedom of information request to the Department reported on 6 December 2023 on the what do they know website. This underperformance means less money to the council under the new homes bonus that is payable from central government to all local councils.

It should not be too difficult to find empty properties in Bromley. I have reported 8 properties in less than one hour. I will use any rewards to support my work on setting up a community land trust in the borough and ask for the Bromley Homeless charity to receive the £500 donation.

Anybody wanting to report empty properties needs to read the terms and conditions carefully. The emphasis is on residential properties that are privately owned and that would benefit from development. Pubs and commercial properties are excluded. Properties with recent planning applications are also excluded. You can check Bromley Council’s website to find out about planning applications.  Derelict properties are included.  The terms and conditions for you spot property do not appear on the website and are sent out after the empty property is reported.

Terms and Conditions for You spot Property


This page (terms) sets out the terms on which you may participate in our ‘report an empty get my £20’ reward scheme. Please read these terms carefully. The Privacy Policy and Terms of Website Use form part of these terms. If you do not agree to these terms, do not use our ‘report an empty, get my £20’ reward scheme.

References in these terms to “you” and ““““““““““““““““your” are to you, the person using our ‘report an empty’ process, and “we”, “us”, “our” are to You Spot Limited trading as You Spot Property.

How to participate

You must be 18 years of age or older in order to participate, and you must reside in the UK.

If you are aware of an empty or derelict property (Property), you may notify us of the property using our ‘report an empty get my £20’ process on our website You must follow all of the prompts and fill out all of the information required, including your contact details.

You will need to know:

  1. The address of the property;
  2. That it is a residential property;

You may report as many properties as you like.

You promise that the information you provide to us, on every occasion, whilst using our ‘report an empty get my £20’ process is correct to the best of your knowledge.

You agree that we may share details of the property with our business partners or other third parties.

Gift Voucher Rewards


If the property meets our eligibility criteria, and you complete our ‘report an empty get my £20’ process, your name will be added to those qualifying participants who could receive a £20 gift voucher issued by Marks & Spencer plc (or another third party of our choice).

We will notify you by email to the email address provided by you if you have been selected to receive one of our gift vouchers within 30 days of the end of the calendar month in which you participated in the ‘report an empty get my £20’ scheme, except in exceptional circumstances this may be delayed by up to 60 days.

The voucher will be emailed or posted to the email/postal address supplied by you. Any voucher supplied to you cannot be refunded or exchanged for its cash value, and may be subject to the terms and conditions of the issuer.

Please note that the voucher is issued by a third party. We are not the seller of the product or services redeemable by the voucher. When you redeem your voucher, you enter into a contract with the seller, not with us. It is that seller who is solely responsible for redeeming any voucher, and providing you with the corresponding products or services. We will not be liable to you for any losses incurred by you in relation to your use of the voucher.

You must not reproduce, sell, re-sell or trade any voucher which we provide to you, or engage in any unlawful activity in connection with the use of a voucher. Any attempt to do so may, at our discretion, lead to your disqualification from the later stages of the ‘report an empty’ reward scheme (i.e., the 1% cash reward).

We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged vouchers, or for your failure to redeem the voucher in advance of the expiry date.

If you are unable to redeem your voucher for any reason, we may, at our sole discretion, replace the voucher or provide you with a cash alternative.

This gift voucher reward scheme is subject to change and can be withdrawn without notice at any time.

A property is eligible only if, on the date you completed the notification process:

  1. The property is not currently on the open market for sale or rental and has not previously been advertised for sale or to let during the previous twenty-four-month period (including advertised for sale or to let by auction or listed with estate agents or using online property search engines);
  2. The property has been empty for more than 12 months (unless it has recently fallen into probate).
  3. The property reported is in a high-density residential area with property values being in excess of £100,000. 
  4. The property is residential and not listed Grade I or II (not commercial – this includes public houses & hotels, but excludes as listed commercial property in the 9 points below);
  5. The property has not been purchased within the last 5 years;
  6. Details of the property have not previously been submitted to us;
  7. The property is not owned by us or our associates or associated companies;
  8. The property does not form part of our existing database;
  9. Planning permission has not been applied for within the last 3 years;
  10. The property does not form part of a high-rise council or ex-council block and
  11. The property is privately owned; (privately owned retirement homes or assisted living properties will not qualify for a reward)
  12. If Google maps is outdated, we reserve the right to request picture confirmation before issuing a voucher or reward.
  13. The property reported is not in a rural location.
  14. The property is not currently under refurbishment or development and has not recently been refurbished or developed.
  15. The property needs to be in England or selected areas of Wales. (Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland are excluded).

    Wales postcodes that are eligible for reward are:

    CF46, CF81, CF82, CF83, CF31, CF32, CF33, CF34, CF35, CF36, CF3, CF5, CF83, CF46, CF81, CF82, CF83, CF1, CF5, CF32, CF35, CF61, CF62, CF63, CF64, CF71, CH1, CH4, CH5, CH6, CH7, CH8

    NP1, NP11, NP10, NP19, NP20, NP2, NP3

    SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4, SA5, SA6, SA7, SA18

    LL11, LL12, LL13, LL14, LL20, LL11, LL12, LL18, LL19

    SY13, SY14

Infill, land and garage sites will operate with their own requirements and will be rewardable on their own terms however the reward scheme will still be based on a £20 gift voucher if it qualifies and 1% of the purchase price if we successfully purchase the property.  The requirements are for the following in urban residential areas; We reserve the right not to reward on any ‘spots’ where we don’t see development potential.

  1. Garage blocks with ancillary land
  2. Land between houses
  3. Corner plots
  4. Infill sites
  5. Vacant or disused garages i.e., MOT Centres
  6. Derelict shops
  7. Vacant light industrial units on residential streets
  8. Disused buildings on residential streets
  9. Houses with side plots or garages

The 9 options above are eligible only if, on the date you completed the notification process;

  1. The property is not currently on the open market for sale or rental and has not previously been advertised for sale or to let during the previous six-month period, including advertised for sale by auction, listed with estate agents o by online search engines;
  2. The property is within London and the Home Counties;
  3. The property or land has not been purchased within the last 5 years;
  4. Details of the property have not previously been submitted to us;
  5. The property does not form part of our existing database;
  6. The property is not owned by us or our associates or associated companies;
  7. Planning permission has not been applied for within the last 3 years.

1% cash reward

If you notify us of a property using our ‘report an empty get my £20’ process, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

You will be eligible if:

  • You notify us of a property and, as a result, we purchase that property;
  • You have no financial interest in the property;
  • You have not been disqualified from the reward scheme
  • The property complies with the eligibility criteria set out above; and
  • You are not in breach of any of these terms.

The cash reward will be equal to 1% of the actual purchase price following completion of the purchase.

‘Actual purchase price’ means the price paid by us for the Property exclusive of all fees, stamp duty, fixtures and fittings etc.

The 1% cash reward is subject to a cap of £10,000.

We will also make a donation to a local charity (within the local borough of the purchased property) of our choice of not less than £500.

We will inform you of the purchase of the property, and the value of your cash reward, by email to the address provided to us within 30 days of the purchase completion. You may claim your cash reward by completing the bank detail request form included in our email to you and returning it to us within 30 days of our email notification. We will then transfer your cash reward to the account details provided within 30 days of you claiming your cash reward.

It is your responsibility to ensure that we have the correct, up to date, contact details for you.

If you fail to claim your cash reward within the 30 days of our email notification, we may determine that you are no longer eligible for the cash reward.

We reserve the right not to purchase any property for any or no reason. Where we decide not to purchase a property, we are under no obligation to inform you of our reasons for this decision. We are under no obligation to keep you informed of, or up to date regarding, any negotiations we enter for the purchase of any property, or any details of the purchase until after its completion.

Our liability to you

Our only obligation towards you is to provide you with the 1% cash reward if you are eligible to receive it.


You agree not to disclose details of the purchase price of the property, or any information relating to our business affairs, with any person, company or other organisation without our written permission to do so.

Your personal information

You agree to us sharing your personal information with our sponsors/partners, including the voucher provider, for the purpose of issuing you with the gift voucher and providing you with the cash reward. For more information on how we collect and use your personal data, please see our Privacy and Cookies Policy.


You agree that we may use non-identifying details of your cash reward for marketing, advertising and promotional purposes. With your permission, we may also use specific personal details, photographs and other identifying information for such purpose

My sister mentioned this new initiative/website to me, I have now received 2 vouchers for M&S and continue to walk around with my eyes wide open anything that looks a bit scruffy is being reported who knows I might even do this full time. Top idea.

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