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Council bring empty property into use with Empty Dwelling Management Order

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Local Government

Council bring empty property into use with Empty Dwelling Management Order Council bring empty property into use with Empty Dwelling Management Order

Stockton Council has managed to bring a vacant property back into use after issuing a final Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO).

The council took control of the privately-owned problematic empty home, which had been a target for fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, after failing to work informally with the owner to support him in bringing the property back into use.

Following nearly seven years of negotiations and legal wrangling, the EDMO was granted in September 2011.
However, the owner twice appealed the decision, meaning the council was not able to enforce the EDMO until June 2013.

No other local authority has managed to successfully defend an appeal against a final EDMO.

The house has since been refurbished and prepared for use.

The council will take control of the property for the next six years. It will be rented out within the coming weeks, with the council using the income to pay for the repair works.

Councillor Steve Nelson, said: “It is really encouraging to see properties like this one brought back into use as empty homes are a blight on our communities, often attracting anti-social behaviour.

"What’s more they are a waste of much needed housing. We want to do all we can to tackle these issues and that’s why we use enforcement action when the property owner is unwilling or unable to cooperate and are working with the social housing providers to bring these homes back into use.”

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