Empty properties can be seized after two-year wait

In conformity with new plans brought in by the Government, councils will be forced to wait two years before being given the right to seize empty properties.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles anounced that there was the need to introduce stricter rules because the existing current system, where councils can seize properties which have been empty for six months, violates civil rights.

According to the new plans, councils will be given the right to seize control of unoccupied properties that have attracted vandals or squatters.

Pickles said that although there was a case for action to bring boarded-up and ruined properties back into use,  these exceedingly harsh and indiscreet state powers have given the green light to councils to seize private properties in ideal condition on the grounds that these properties have been empty for a short period of time.
 


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