Certainly in England there would be legal avenues for the local authority to deal with this property if it had required council intervention involving debts, as sessions by lawyers Ashfords at EHN conferences have explained more than once. But in England, too, few councils seem confident enough to use the available mechanisms.
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Shaheena Din, SEHP national manager, said: "The evidence is clear - where a local authority employs an empty homes officer the results are outstanding.
"Some local authorities can bring hundreds of empty homes back into use while others hardly any.
"We urge all local authorities who currently don't employ an empty homes officer to do so."
Having led the way with Empty Homes Premium, Scotland may well be en route to develop a new device for the empty homes toolkit in the form of Compulsory Sale Orders. These would be targeted at 'vacant, derelict and empty land', but in principle this would seem to include empty dwellings.
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