I'm currently dealing with a property that has been empty for 9.5 years & has accrued large Council Tax arrears. I have received information from the nieghbours that the owner has returned to her native country, though I have no actual evidence of this. I have carried out a facebook search under her name and the result does seem to support this information.
There is nothing enforceable for Environmental Health so I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to gain access and take control of the property until the owner comes forward? Alternatively, can I go down the EDMO route if we have no way of contacting the owner and they therefore have no way of defending themselves over it?
Empty Homes Officer, Swindon Borough Council