A derelict house in Stafford will be going under the auctioneer’s hammer after the council was given permission to sell it.
The Government gave Stafford Borough Council permission to sell the house on the town’s Tixall Road which has been empty for more than 13 years - with neighbours complaining about its poor condition.
The owner of the property died in 2013 and with the council unable to trace any next of kin, despite extensive searches, they applied to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for consent to make a ‘Compulsory Purchase Order’ (CPO) – which allows the local authority to take control of the house.
The council now has ownership of the three-bedroom, semi-detached house which will be sold at an auction next month (November) with a reserved price of £99,000. A condition of the sale will be that the buyer brings it back into use within a set timeframe.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Health, Councillor Jeremy Pert, said: “In the first instance we look to work with owners of empty or run-down properties to help bring them back in to use - and last year we assisted more than 75 homeowners to successfully do this.
“Empty properties are a wasted resource which can quickly become a blight to the community – but we have a range of measures where we can help the owner, or their next of kin, make their property habitable.
“Obtaining a CPO is always a last resort as it can be a lengthy legal process which is why we would much rather work with people to remedy the situation in other ways.”
He added: “This has been an exceptional case in which we have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure we can get this property back on the market and I am sure with the right investment and works it will make someone a nice home in the future.”
For more information on how the council can assist owners bring empty properties back into use go to Open, Derelict and Empty Properties | Stafford Borough Council (staffordbc.gov.uk)
To report an empty home within the borough email email@example.com
Press Release No 5813