Friday, June 8, 2012

They own land; give them financial incentives.

Thousands of homes 'to be brought back into use'

Thousands of properties in England are to be brought back into use thanks to a new government cash injection. Communities minister Andrew Stunell revealed £145 million will be used to help tackle the empty homes problem, with 20 successful councils to share £60 million to help make the dwellings liveable and occupied. In addition, more than £25 million will be handed to voluntary and community groups across the country to enable them to bring families into the abodes once again. It is hoped the move will result in around 5,600 empty homes coming back into use - but Mr Stunell noted there is plenty more work to do before the issue is fully resolved and the crisis over.

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8 thoughts on “They own land; give them financial incentives.

  • mark wadsworth says:

    I can see a pattern emerging here. The alternative – slap owners of derelict buildings with a precept – never seems to occur to them.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Oops, spoke too soon. From the article:

    “Furthermore, an Empty Homes Premium has been introduced, which will enable councils to impose extra council tax on properties that have been left vacated for at least two years.”

    We could combine teh absurd with the vulgar here, and fund that £145 million with a £300-odd annual precept on empty homes, that would take the sting out of it.

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  • It seems a waste to have so many used homes, but if they are private homes i would like to see a break down of the reasons why they are vacant before imposing more legislation which affects private ownership.

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  • “Thousands of properties in England are to be brought back into use thanks to a new government cash injection.”

    Where are these empty homes? I know there are some up north where there are no jobs.

    Anyone got a street view of some empty homes anywhere south of Coventry?

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Khards, right up the street from where I live (East London/Essex) there is a derelict/vacant former care home, which could easily be chopped up into twenty flats (or knocked down and started again), next to that is an empty house (ditto), next to that is a shop which has been shut for most of the last three years, and so on. A couple of the shops on the high street are empty (and this is a prosperous area).

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  • Of course, if they’d handed us tax cuts and dropped these properties into the open market, then houses would be cheaper and people would have more money. The result? More people in more houses and, people tend to invest in what they own.

    I am very concerned about this Communitarianism of diverting Socialistic provision to unelected “community groups”. At least we can vote for our leaders under Socialism. Under Communitarianism, you have more of a local dictatorship with hoards of unelected busy bodies who ineficiently gobble up all your money, stealing your wealth, providing very little, and each of these groups are beholden to the bureaucracy in Westminster who, via funding mechanisms, maintain full control albeit with no accountability.

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  • sibley's b'stard child says:

    As is standard for Houseladder, details are rather sketchy. It would be good to know the estimated proportion of social housing and private owners (it does infer this a la the laughable Council Tax weapon). Where it is the latter I would at least hope the govt puts caveats in place ergo they claw back a % of future property sale.

    Of course, worse case scenario is that the taxpayer will fork our £x to subsidise an OO’s renovations who then rents out said prop via LHA. The gift that keeps on giving.

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  • The northern councils hoard vacant houses they are the worst offenders. Liverpool has thousands of perfectly good empty victorian terraced homesand is getting a big part of this grant. But all it does is replace previous (pathfinder?) funding to knock them down and build cheap ugly modern council houses.

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