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National Assembly for Wales Report on Empty Homes

An inquiry by the National Assembly’s Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee has examined the impact of empty properties on communities and how local authorities can act to tackle a complex problem which requires dedicated resources and expertise.

In its report, the Committee is calling on the Welsh Government to work closely with local authorities to develop a national action plan for tackling empty properties which sets priorities, objectives and targets for implementation.

SDLT - Uninhabitable properties shouldn’t pay the extra stamp duty surcharge on second homes

Dear All

Some of you may not be aware of a recent case that related to stamp duty surcharge. 

It may be a way that Empty Property Officers can add value to their clients as well as advising them on the usual reduced vat schemes.

Since 2016, there has been an extra 3% stamp duty tax on properties bought as an additional property to the buyer’s home. Now homebuyers, buy to let investors, and developers buying an additional property might be able to cut out the surcharge if the home is derelict. 

Enforcement: Empty Homes – Housing Act 2004 (Empty Dwelling Management Order and Improvement Notices)

I thought I would share a recent Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO) case that I was involved in, which may be of assistance to other practitioners in the field.  The case relates to a property that had been empty for several years due to the previous tenant damaging the property.

The owner lived remotely, was in negative equity, had no funds and was struggling to keep up with the mortgage payments.  The property was causing anti-social behaviour issues for the local community and was deteriorating.

Grim Reaper and Service of Notices

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