We have had an enquiry regarding taking ownership of a derelict and unsafe house and the mental health if the owner:
"I know of the owner of the property, but unfortunately believe they have been detained under the Mental Health Act for serious mental health issues. The house is a ruin, with mainly only the facade left standing and it's been in this state for 2-3 years. I am aware of the neighbours complaining to the council with regards to the health & safety issues, however, nothing seems to have been done about it.
I am interested in the property for use as a private home but fear that due to the owner being detained under the MHA that there will be little that I can do to seek ownership of the property, despite its state. Could you possibly point me in the correct direction, if there is any way around this? Does the council have the power to repossess the property from the owner? "