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Empty Dwelling Management Orders

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many empty dwelling management orders have been made in each local authority area since the introduction of such orders; (291578)

(2) how many empty properties have been returned to use through an empty dwelling management order in each local authority area since the introduction of such orders.

To date, 27 Interim Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) have been approved by the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS) since the legislation came into effect in April 2006. However, local authorities claim that in many cases the threat of an EDMO has been sufficient to make owners take action to bring long-term empty homes back into use.

We do not hold information on the number of properties returned to use through an EDMO, however, we are confident that the legislation is beginning to work well. We always intended that the legislation should be used only as a last resort where other measures have proved unsuccessful. We want to encourage voluntary re-occupation of empty homes but this can only work well where there is realistic compulsion to back them up. EDMOs provide this compulsion and should therefore be a key component of a comprehensive empty property strategy.

Local authority

Number of interim EDMOs authorised

Bolton Borough Council

1

Carlisle District Council

2

London Borough of Bromley

1

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

1

London Borough of Hounslow

1

London Borough of Lewisham

5

New Forest District Council

1

Norwich City Council

6

Peterborough City Council

2

South Norfolk District Council

1

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

2

South Oxfordshire District Council

1

South Tyneside Borough Council

1

Swale Borough Council

1

Wychavon District Council

1

Total

27