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Local Authority Property Sales

Volume 87: debated on Wednesday 27 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what information he has about cases in which local authorities have planned to dispose of rundown blocks of flats or estates to private developers after arranging alternative accommodation for any remaining tenants and in which problems have arisen in connection with (a) the power to make home loss payments and (b) the power to gain possession of the dwellings.

During informal discussions and formal consultations on the proposed new ground for possession, representations were made by various local authorities about general difficulties in obtaining possession when the properties were to be sold for redevelopment, in the absence of specific powers to obtain possession and to make home loss payments. Specific examples of difficulties in obtaining possession or paying home loss payments have been put to the Department by the following local authorities:

  • Langbaurgh council
  • Oldham borough council
  • Wandsworth borough council
  • South Tyneside borough council
  • Solihull borough council
  • City of Westminster
  • Burnley council