Dear EHN members
I am a Master of Laws student currently completing my LLM dissertation. My focus is on 'buy to leave' in the London property market. I'm currently researching the proposed implementation of public registers of beneficial ownership and I am also exploring the use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders on properties suspected of being buy to leave investments.
Thanks for letting me pose a question I have been struggling to find the answer to. I've been trying at length to find out if EDMOs can be used on properties that are owned by companies registered in secret jurisdictions, such as the British Virgin Islands, where the identity of the owners is obscured. Would you be able to advise me on whether this is possible or whether because you cannot identify the owners of the property the EDMO process cannot be used. Are you able to serve an interim EDMO to an overseas company who owns property that is suspected of being empty for the required period?
Thanks very much for your help and I look forward to making my research available at a later date.
Marco Anderson, Bristol University