Monday, September 23, 2013

Southend council seizing private property.

Southend Council leader: "We'll take over empty homes"

EMPTY homes could soon be seized by Southend Council after just six months to ease the authority’s housing waiting list. Residents in Roedean Gardens, Southchurch, have been lobbying hard about a bungalow which has been derelict for two years. Perhaps the delusional owners are wating for prices to rise? And why is this legal?

Posted by khards @ 03:12 PM (1614 views)
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2 thoughts on “Southend council seizing private property.

  • Many leave the properties to avoid capital gains tax.

    Why is it legal for a local council to steal the property of citizens?

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  • Ah, we had to wait a whole day for this predictable Faux Libertarian response.

    FCOL, if you abandon your car at the side of the road, the council is perfectly entitled to remove it or indeed scrap it or sell it. If you leave an umbrella on a train then somebody will take it, either for themself or they hand it in and the railway company sells it at its lost property auction.

    Why should it be any different with abandoned buildings?

    This is not stealing in any way, shape or form, that presumes somebody taking possession of something away from somebody else (and if you abandon a building you are not in possession of it, by definition) with “the intention to permanently deprive”.

    If you go round to check on your abandoned building within twelve years and find somebody living there, you can get them chucked out again, you have not lost your title or ownership and you have lost nothing (the tenants have gained a home and the council has gained the rent).

    It’s the free market solution!!!!

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