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Councils to take control of empty homes

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  • Councils to take control of empty homes

    Councils are gearing up to take over property left empty for more than 6 months:


    Property owners who leave their homes unoccupied for more than six months could from 6 July have them taken over by their local council to rent out for social housing.

    The Empty Dwelling Management Order was introduced as part of the 2004 Housing Act.

    Any council which wants to take over a property must go first to the Residential Property Tribunal Service for a ruling.

    The tribunal will weigh up the interests of the owners and the benefit renting it out would bring, before coming to a decision.

    Many properties will be exempt, for example those where someone has gone temporarily abroad or is in hospital; where it's a holiday home, or within six months of probate being granted where the home owner has died.

    If none of these exemptions apply and the tribunal rules in favour of the council, it could take control of the property for seven years.
    Initially this seems to be a great idea - in the area I used to live there was quite a lot of property abandoned to rot, where the landlords just couldn't be bothered doing anything to them.

    Will be interesting to see what sort of complications come from it, though - anyone see any immediate objections to the process?

  • #2
    may be good

    I think that it initially sounds like a good idea too, as long as the property is not taken over by the Council in a hostile fashion. If the homes have been abandoned for a long period of time as you say, left to rot, then finding a good use for the homes could certainly improve the overall value of the neighborhood in question.



    • #3
      I thought this legislation had been in place for decades, maybe they've simply made some changes to it.