We have a property that is in an extremely dilapidated condition which has resulted in the Council having to undertake emergency work to prevent the property from collapsing. Due to the property condition the property was prohibited and the owner was relocated to alternative accommodation. I started the Enforced Sale process, which we have undertaken numerous times in Rochdale but after serving the S103 notice our legal team have become reluctant to continue down the enforced sale route as they believe the authority could be challenged by the owner as we placed a prohibition order on the property so we could be challenged that as the owner hasn't abandoned the property.
I have argued the point that the Prohibition Order does not prevent the owner from undertaking work, it simply prevents him from living there but we are now at an impass with the property just detiorating, has anyone else had this problem? any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Empty Property Team Leader