Friday, 22 October 2010

Councils power to reclaim tax payer's money on delapidated buildings under threat

Written answers and statements, 19 October 2010

The Government is considering removing Councils power to reclaim tax payer's money on delapidated buildings from forcing the property to be sold so the money can be reclaimed from absent owners.

This would seriously limit the Council's scope to tackle blighted buildlings knowing any money spent could not be recovered.

I hope the Government, quite rightly in trying to protect owner occupiers finds two solutions that serve best the needs of both scenarios.
Photo of Graham Jones
Graham Jones (Hyndburn, Labour)
To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what his policy is on 'enforced sale' (on delapidated buildings the Council has had to repair) on unsecured debts of less than £25,000; and what assessment he has made of the likely effect this would have on bringing (a) empty and (b) visually-blighted residential properties back into use.
Photo of Andrew Stunell
Andrew Stunell (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Communities and Local Government; Hazel Grove, Liberal Democrat)
The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for the legislation which would be affected by this coalition agreement proposal.

Officials in Communities and Local Government are working closely with the Ministry of Justice to ensure the right balance is achieved between protecting homeowners from losing their home as a result of modest unsecured debts, and maintaining the powers local authorities need to tackle dangerous or visually blighted properties, including empty homes.