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Empty Dwellings

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of empty dwellings management orders; and if she will make a statement. (96362)

In the regulatory impact assessment for the Housing Act 2004, a commitment was made to monitor the effectiveness of empty dwelling management orders in reducing the number of private sector empty homes through ‘annual’ monitoring of vacant dwellings data and local authority best value performance indicator returns. The regulatory impact assessment also committed the Department to commission, within three years of enactment, specific research into the use of these new powers by local authorities and the impact on property owners to ensure that there are no unintended consequences.

The provisions in the Housing Act 2004, regarding empty dwelling management orders commenced in April 2006. Therefore, no assessment has yet been made of the effect of these measures.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities offer empty homes grants. (96365)