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Empty dwelling management orders used only 17 times last year, despite 600,000 homes lying empty

Powers designed to help English councils bring empty homes back into use were used just 17 times in 2014, according to figures obtained by the Green party MEP Keith Taylor.

Empty dwelling management orders (Edmos) were introduced by the Labour government to make it easier for local councils to take possession of properties that had fallen into disuse. The orders allow a council to take temporary ownership of an empty home while it works with the owner to make it habitable and bring it back into use.

However, councils said they were too complex to use, and the housing minister described them as an “ineffective” policy from the last government.

The latest government figures show that more than 600,000 homes lie empty in England. Councils are using powers like council tax charges and compulsory orders to help to bring them back into use, but the scheme designed for the purpose is not being used.

When Edmos were launched in 2006, councils could apply after a property had been empty for just six months, but in 2011, the Conservatives overturned these “heavy handed rules”, and extended the period to two years.

Figures obtained by Taylor, an MEP for south-east England, show that the orders have never been widely used. Last year, just 17 homes were brought back to use through the scheme – the lowest figure for three years. Since the policy was introduced just 108 properties have been the subject of Edmos.

In London, where the housing crisis is an its most acute, just one Edmo was made in 2014. In the north of England, councils have made 15, and the remaining one was in the east of England.

Councils do use other devices to encourage and eventually force owners of empty properties to act. Some serve compulsory purchase orders, rather than using Edmos, however Edmos are designed specifically for this purpose. [more at link]


http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/feb/11/powers-empty-houses-ignored-empty-dwelling-management

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Addicted to meddling. This is just more planning, which doesn't work very well. OTOH it is in the Guardian, the meddlers bible.

Just free up the market and let the market sort it out. An LVT can be used to give landowners the required prodding.

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Empty dwelling management orders used only 17 times last year, despite 600,000 homes lying empty

Powers designed to help English councils bring empty homes back into use were used just 17 times in 2014, according to figures obtained by the Green party MEP Keith Taylor.

Empty dwelling management orders (Edmos) were introduced by the Labour government to make it easier for local councils to take possession of properties that had fallen into disuse. The orders allow a council to take temporary ownership of an empty home while it works with the owner to make it habitable and bring it back into use.

However, councils said they were too complex to use, and the housing minister described them as an “ineffective” policy from the last government.

The latest government figures show that more than 600,000 homes lie empty in England. Councils are using powers like council tax charges and compulsory orders to help to bring them back into use, but the scheme designed for the purpose is not being used.

When Edmos were launched in 2006, councils could apply after a property had been empty for just six months, but in 2011, the Conservatives overturned these “heavy handed rules”, and extended the period to two years.

Figures obtained by Taylor, an MEP for south-east England, show that the orders have never been widely used. Last year, just 17 homes were brought back to use through the scheme – the lowest figure for three years. Since the policy was introduced just 108 properties have been the subject of Edmos.

In London, where the housing crisis is an its most acute, just one Edmo was made in 2014. In the north of England, councils have made 15, and the remaining one was in the east of England.

Councils do use other devices to encourage and eventually force owners of empty properties to act. Some serve compulsory purchase orders, rather than using Edmos, however Edmos are designed specifically for this purpose. [more at link]

http://www.theguardian.com/money/2015/feb/11/powers-empty-houses-ignored-empty-dwelling-management

17 too many what if I don't use my car for a week are the statists going to use it as Taxi?

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