The sale of Hastings' listed Old Town Hall building has been given the go-ahead by councillors.
On Monday Hastings Borough Council’s cabinet agreed proposals to put the Grade II listed building in High Street on to the market.
According to meeting papers, the council-owned building has been vacant since October 2018, with the authority looking at significant costs for both day-to-day maintenance and longer term works.
Council leader Peter Chowney said: “We tried for over a year to lease it and find a tenant for it. It is a difficult building to do anything with really and because it is a listed building you can’t divide it up.
“We haven’t written off the idea of leasing it, if somebody does want to do that then we would still be up for that as well.
According to the council, the building needs costly major works to carry on as a rental property in the long term, including redecorations worth about £30,000 and energy efficiency improvements costing about £16,000.
The council said there have also been several incidences of lead theft from the building’s roof and while there is planning permission to replace it with zinc, the cost to do so is likely to come to about £32,000.
While supportive of the proposals, Conservative group leader Rob Lee warned these features may make it difficult to sell on.