I have noticed that since the increase of council tax for long term empties a number of owners are now changing the property status to single occupancy. I have a couple of properties in particular that I am proposing to compulsory purchase, however I am concerned that the 'single occupancy' status on council tax may hinder the CPO in the event of an appeal. I have made numerous visits to both properties and have spoken to the neighbours who have confirmed that the properties are still empty.
My question is, has anybody been able to obtain information from utility suppliers to prove that no electricity, gas, water etc. is being used within the property, in order to evidence that the property is empty, and if so how have you been able to obtain such information. I have access to NAFN, but my knowledge of how to use it is minimal.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council