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Submitted by David Gibbens on 8 Apr 2016 - 13:23
Dave Stott of Grafton (left) presents award to Benard Goren

Every year, at our Annual Conference, we present awards to recognise excellence in empty homes work.  The Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Grafton UK Ltd.   again this year. [Picture: Dave Stott of Grafton presents Practitioner of the Year Award 2015 to Benard Goren of Hull City Council].

The closing date for submissions for these awards is midnight, Sunday, 1st May (in case you were stuck for things to do on a Bank Holiday weekend!)   Submissions should be clear and to the point and no more than two sides of A4, maximum 1200 words, or the equivalent in an email, per award. You can send us more if you want - e.g. before and after pictures - but in evaluating the awards we will only look at the first 1200 words of the first two pages (which should therefore be self-contained).

Submitted by David Gibbens on 30 Mar 2016 - 14:42

DCLG and HM Treasury are consulting on further changes to the compulsory purchase legislation. Most of the changes do not seem to affect empty homes work but important changes to the arrangements for basic loss adjustment seem to offer some hope that CPOs of eyesore empties could become cheaper - depending exactly how the rules might be interpreted.

Under the current regime, basic loss payments are available to owners and occupiers, reflecting a typical split in commercial property between an instittutional investor that owns the property and a business that occupies it on a lease. Under current arrangements the owner gets 7.5% of the market value of the property (capped at £75k) and the occupier up to (but often less than) 2.5% of the market value of their interest (capped at £25k). 

As the real costs of a compulsory purchase fall on the occupier, who has to relocate their business, the proposal is that the percentages and caps should be reversed,...