I’m dealing with an empty boat. It is a dwelling in Council Tax and Planning terms. The boat/dwelling/hereditament is a 30ft long, 70-year old military launch with a felt flat roof that has been jacked up on blocks since the 1950s. It stands on a Thames-side patch of flood-plain, 50ft by 50ft with vehicular access. It was occupied by a couple for 50 years until the Millennium. It has never had electricity, mains water or sewage. It is not lived in now, but is used as a summer house. The launch can’t be moved without breaking it up. Scuppering is not an option.
The owners do not wish to kit it out as a dwelling as it is uninhabitable and beyond economic repair. They do however wish to keep its current residential use class (so it remains Council tax liable). It is assumed that the value of the plot is greater if it still has the ‘dwelling’ on it than if were just an empty private riverside plot.
It is my 6th longest running registered LTE. LTE Premium is paid. I’d love to see it off my LTE list. But how?
What would your aims be if you had this one on your action list?
What would you do with this one?
Who are you going to work with to achieve your aims?
Should I just leave it as it is?