More than 11,000 homes across the country have been lying empty for longer than a decade, figures show.
The data, collected from freedom of information requests to local authorities also showed that 60,000 properties had been empty for two years or more while just one in 13 councils make use of powers that would allow them to take over properties that have been empty for at least six months.
Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said such properties should be used to provide homes for some of the most vulnerable in society and called for an urgent government review of the system.
Interesting isn’t it? Those empties, they belong to society as a whole,? Or individuals within it?
At which point, who gets to dispose of them, individuals or society?
It is actually true that there must be a system of clearing up those which are truly abandoned. So there’s a line somewhere.
However, I have a feeling about this. The reason that councils aren’t using those powers is because they are expensive to use. The council then has to pay to bring them up to spec. Cheaper to be renting somewhere already at spec, no?