My first post and I'm new to the role of Empty Homes Officer, so bear with me in case I mess up!
The problem we have regards an owner occupier. She has a number of misuse issues and upon inspection of her property on friday, it was noted that she had a number of Cat 1 hazards as well as no gas, water or electricity.
It was agreed with EH that a closure notice/order would be the best course of action. However, it was argued also that a prohibition notice would be a good course of action but have been told the LA would have to pay compensation to the owner if we issued a prohibition notice(s584 Housing Act 1985). We have already got safeguards in place to rehome the owner when we serve notices, but the stumbling block is the compensation due to the owner. is this the case?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks