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Councils face tougher empty homes rules

The communities secretary said the current system, introduced by Labour, infringes civil liberties. It allows councils to seize properties after they have been empty for six months.

Mr Pickles said this is ‘heavy-handed’ and infringes homeowners’ rights, and that some councils are seizing homes unnecessarily.

‘There is a case for action to put boarded up and blighted properties back into use. But these draconian state powers have allowed councils to seize private homes in perfect condition, including their fixtures and fittings, just because the homes have been empty for a short while,’ he said. Read More:


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