Buy-to-leave or second homes - either way, not a great use of property in an era of acute housing need.
In this blog post, one of the 'odds and ends' is the issue of whether HMO regulations apply to commercial properties occupied by guardians. Camden, in this case, seems to have decided yes. It is not clear whether this approach is now the normal practice in Camden. The case apparently dates back to 2011.
George Osborne seems to have given a resounding NO to London pleas for the right to hike Empty Homes Premium, as reported by the Camden New Journal who nobbled Osborne on the subject during his visit to Kilburn last week. There has been a long-running London story that was initiated by Camden Council seeking permission to double council tax on long-term empties.
The London Borough of Camden has written to Eric Pickles urging him to allow them to increase the Empty Homes Premium to 100% from the current 50%. This is in line with representations made by the Empty Homes Network during the consultation exercise and - although Camden does not mention it in its letter - the current position in Scotland where Empty Homes Premium has been set at 100% from the outset.
This links to the PDF of the Appeal Hearing of the Camden FOI case. This was the second time around, the case having been remitted back from an Upper Tier Tribunal for a re-hearing.
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An Information Tribunal seems to have brought to a close the long-drawn out controversy around Freedom of Infomation requests for lists of empty homes. The Tribunal's conclusion, in its re-hearing of the appeal of Voyjas against the original decision by the Information Commissioner that Camden Council was justified in withholding information about empty homes that were not owned by individuals, was emphatically in favour of the Information Commissioner. and the Council The Tribunal concluded:
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The Camden FOI case continues to rumble on.
A new decision by the Information Tribunal re-inforces the Bexley decision that lists of empty homes owned by "non-individuals" should be released to the public under Freedom of Information legislation.