We are asked at SEH why in some large cities, mostly in the north of England, you can see many streets with boarded-up houses. This is because they are deemed unfit for habitation because of varying legal issues.
Take Liverpool for instance. It is estimated almost one in every twelve properties in the city are uninhabited because people aren’t legally allowed to live in them.
There are many reasons why the occupation of a residential property is prohibited, the most common being the property is subject to a closure order, issued at the request of the council or police.
These are enforced when properties are deemed unfit for human habitation or where tenants have engaged in anti-social or criminal behaviour.
It does seem strange when there are so many people on housing lists to leave such a large stock of properties just sitting there when investment could be made to either bring them back into use or flatten the area for other purposes.
Maybe try the successful houses for a pound scheme they had going a few years back? Owners are not forced to pay council tax if the house is unoccupied due to a banning order.