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Call for action on empty properties in York.


6:29am 26th January 2011

A councillor has called for action to be taken on empty dwellings that blight local communities.

The call comes following a review of the use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) by the current Government, with it planning to offer the equivalent of the value of council tax on a property if it can be returned to use.

Labour’s housing lead Coun. Tracey Simpson-Laing says:

“The Government will extend the length of time after which an EDMO can be obtained to two years, but this will make little difference here in York as the Lib Dem council has always been reluctant to do anything on long-term empty housing.

“But once there becomes a financial incentive, it will be interesting to see whether the council’s approach will change.  It should do as there are plenty of empty dwellings that are blighting certain streets in the city, and which should have people living in them”.

“If the council acts, then it could bring an end to residents having to live next to houses from hell”.

The Government will use secondary legislation in order to change the conditions attached to EDMOs, something it plans to do following consultation.

Minster FM has put the question to both Councilor Simpson Laing fromthe Labour party and Councilor Reid from the Lib Dems.

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