We are thinking of serving Improvement Notices on empty homes owners. Whilst the HHSRS enforcement guidance points out that that HHSRS can be used to assess an empty property, we are feeling slightly uneasy as to whether we could actually state that it could be a considered a hazard for a potential occupier within 12 months. Especially when many of these properties have been empty for 5 - 10 years.
So we would love to hear from authorities who have used this policy in their empty property work. We know Coventry do and we have had a look at their statement of reasons. But it will be good to speak to others who have used this policy also.