Reducing the number of long term empty homes is one of our key priorities. We are committed to supporting owners of empty homes to assist in their efforts to bring them back in to use to provide much needed housing.
If our attempts to work with owners of empty homes are not successful and a property remains empty, we can use a range of measures to help bring the empty property back into use. The options available to us include:
Empty Dwelling Management Order
We can apply for authorisation to make an Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO).
If the Council is successful we can then take over the running of the property for up to seven years and bring the property back in to use. (Housing Act 2004).
Enforced sale of the property
Legislation is available to us which allows us to enforce the sale of a property to recover costs (unpaid debts) placed as charges against a property. (Law of Property Act 1925).
Compulsory Purchase Order
A Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) allows us to take ownership of the property from you and bring it back in to use. (Housing Act 1985).
We will also consider action under the: