Many councils push and pull with empty homes, but few, if any, have the initiative of Slough Borough Council. Its ‘use it or lose it’ policy, introduced in November 2016 puts pressure on empty property owners, who have a set period to sort out their empty property. Once that time is up Slough Borough Council have numerous options, one being a CPO (compulsory purchase order).
This is from the Slough & South Bucks Observer:
“Councillor Zaffar Ajaib, the commissioner for housing and urban renewal, said: “In an area like Slough where housing is at a premium and more homes desperately needed, there is no reasonable excuse for homes to be left to rot.
“We promised we would get these properties back into use, back to being the homes they deserve to be for local families and this is the next step.”
He continued: “These properties have been empty for years and have been the subject of numerous complaints from neighbours due to the state of them.
“Properties left to deteriorate like this attract anti-social behaviour like squatting, unpleasant smells and fly-tipping and rats due to the overgrown gardens and rubbish dumped there”.
The three properties in question were collectively empty for an astonishing sixty-three years!
The publicity of this action will not only bring three eyesore houses back into use but also prompt other empty property owners into action. Now they know the council isn’t mucking around, they won’t just leave these problem-magnets to just sit there.
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