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This story about the problems experienced with an empty home in Bradford really says it all about the misery a nuisance empty can bring to neighbours.
The Bradford Telegraph and Argus story cites fly-tipping, anti-social behaviour, identify-theft, damp penetration to the neightbouring property as some of the more compelling reasons why the home needs to be brought back into use.
South Oxfordshire, the first authority in England to have an Interim EDMO approved, has reportedly turned its back on the measure because of the costs involved. According to a BBC story local parish councillor Chrissie Phillips-Tilbury urged the Council to bring more empty homes back into use. But the Council's website states "the council does not have sufficient resource and cannot justify the financial cost of trying to enact EDMOs". The BBC report goes on to report the Coucncil as saying
The Empty Homes Network consultation response on Council Tax reforms suggested that to avoid tax avoidance the council tax regime for second homes should be brought into line with that for other unoccupied homes.
A story in the Guardian newspaper shows that politically-motivated squatters are not necessarily deterred by whether or not squatting is a crime. Squatters in the Republic of Ireland, associated with the Occupy movement, are challenging the waste of empty housing linked to the failings of the banks.
Mansfield Council is selling 7 derelict council-owned houses to ex-serviceman for £1 each, reports Ross McMillan in a 24dash.com's housing news item published on 27th September.
The project is being managed by social business Training Regeneration Education Employment Sustainability (Trees) Group which will be offering training to the servicemen involved via the Joint Forces Alliance charity. This is the kind of scheme that we can expect the "community group" strand within the £100million empt y homes programme to fund.
Empty homes officer Wendy Dearden used her dual role working for North Wales Homes and Denbighshire County Council to help rescue a Llangollen listed building that had lain empty for 30 years and get it converted into 3 flats that have been let to people in housing need. The use of commuted sums from the council helped keep the public subsidy requirement down to acceptable limits while heritage funding picked up some of the extras required to restore historic features.
News stories like this one about Oxford's first EDMO of a home empty for 15 years are useful not only for the story themselves - a useful reminder of why we are here - but also for the comments of local residents.
Camarthenshire certainly know how to build public support for what they do. This story has appeared many times over the last few days and has been picked up nationally eg on the houcepricecrash forum. The BBC report is a good example of how it has hit the headlines.
This week's story, Homes Devalued Claim by Blot on Road from Southend, is a good reminder that local people - and newspapers - see EDMOs as a way to tackle empty homes. It would be good if the government could set asiide its ideological issues with EDMOs and see them for what they are: a reasonable and proportionate response to a difficult problem.