RICS: give councils more empty property powers

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

Councils should be given increased powers to bring the UK's 920,000 empty properties back into use, RICS has said. The group claims that 330,000 of the homes have been vacant for six months or more because of the "ineffective reporting systems currently in place to keep track of them". RICS is calling for "robust and transparent mechanisms" to be put in place to bring empty homes back into use and increase the supply of affordable homes across the country. The problem of vacant houses can easil...

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