An empty property was owned by someone who died in 2004. Land Reg shows that a caution from the DVD Bona Vacantia Division of Government)
The Council Tax is being paid by someone who, we are informed, is the daughter of the late owner but has not applied for probate and does not respond to my letters. She is not the owner of the property, but may become an owner in the future.
We don't know how to proceed with bringing it back into occupation. If we leave it as it is, many more years could go by until the BVD take ownership.
We could prepare a compulsory purchase order, but this would seem a strange thing to do against another public body.
Helen - Selby DC