Open and derelict properties

Through our empty property strategy the Council has a range of options to help owners voluntarily bring empty properties back into use.

These options include:

  • Empty property grants
  • Leasing schemes (eg leasing a property to a housing association)
  • Advice on how to let a property

If an owner is unwilling to co-operate, we have the legal power to take enforcement action including:

  • Making an Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO) whereby we become the managers of the property for a specified time
  • Enforcing a sale: we compel the owner to sell the property on the market (used when there is a debt owed to the council eg unpaid Council Tax)
  • Making a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO): we become the owners of the property. This requires Secretary of State approval.  We will then either sell the property on the open market or to a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) partner.

These enforcement actions are a last resort. Any enforcement action will include continuous consultation with any interested or affected parties, and may be subject to an appeal or public local enquiry.

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