Derelict properties - public safety
The local authority will consider the compulsory purchase of
long-term abandoned and vacant properties.
properties can be subject to a downward spiral of vandalism, fire
setting, drug use and other community related problems. The
ultimate responsibility for keeping a property secure lies with the
property owner. Should the owner fail to fulfil his
responsibility in respect of providing and maintaining security
then the council can intervene. Wherever possible we will
first of all give the owner an opportunity to do the work
The Building Standards Consultancy can implement a Section 29
of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 to
secure the property and the Development Control office can
provide advice and support to the owners of empty properties with
the aim of returning the properties to use.