Saturday, Jun 17, 2006

Action seeking the more efficient use of empty homes

Daily Mail: Homes of the dead to be seized by the state

Bereaved families could have the homes of dead relatives seized under new laws that allow the state to commandeer empty properties. Local councils will be able to take control of inherited homes if they are left vacant for more than six months.

Posted by uncle chris @ 04:36 PM (737 views)
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1. uncle tom said...

A rather excited slant on a law that is essentially sound, although I have not read the fine print.

I very much doubt that local authorities will be counting the days, waiting to pounce, the moment a house appears to have no-one resident. And while I havn't read the detail of the law, I am sure there are provisions for notices to be mailed to the registered owner, or those handling the estate in the event of someone who is deceased.

This law is aimed at dealing with those properties that are deliberately left empty for very long periods - often as an investment, or as part of a tactical planning campaign.

And in addition there are those properties that are left empty simply because the owners don't need the money and are too lazy to do anything about them...

I suspect that very few properties will actually be taken over, but it should provoke a rush of fresh stock onto the market - which could have an interesting effect...

Saturday, June 17, 2006 07:44PM Report Comment

2. Abc said...

This law will hit those who inherit family homes most. Like all socialist policies the intentions are called 'good' but it will trample others underfoot without mercy. It's time we show this government no mercy.

Monday, June 19, 2006 04:06PM Report Comment

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