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Bridgend empty homes consultation: RLA response

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The RLA has responded to Bridgend County Borough Council’s Empty Property Strategy 2019-2023 consultation.

In the RLA’s response, which you can read here, we state that we support the proposal that the council has put forward, which outlines how it plans to reduce empty homes across the borough, together with its partners.

What Bridgend County Council is proposing

It is estimated that there are approximately 1,200 private sector homes in the area, which have been lying empty for at least six months.

The council proposes to tackle the issue by working proactively with property owners to make them more aware of empty home grants and empty property loans that may be available to them.

Where properties continue to remain empty, and are a nuisance to the local community, the council will consider using its legislative powers such as enforced sales, empty dwelling management orders and compulsory purchase orders.

The consultation response comes as this week the RLA called for urgent action needed to tackle empty homes.

Last year, we wrote about the work of RLA members Methodist Action North West, who are working hard to bring empty properties back into use.

Bridgend County Council’s full empty property strategy can be read on the website here.

What happens now?

The consultation is now closed, and the responses are due to be published on the council’s website.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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