Val pledges to act on ‘scandal” of empty council properties
Date posted: 26-07-2012
FORTY FOUR council homes were deemed unfit to rent out as they had long term structural defects admitted housing boss, cllr Va Morris-Cook.
They were among 770 void (empty) properties that lay vacant around the borough over a twelve month period.
Cllr Morris-Cook made the admission in response to a question from Mr Aaron Mohammed at a full council meeting.
Councillor Morris-Cook also pledged to fill each empty property nearer to the target time of 30 days. At the moment, the figure is nearer to 120 days.
Cllr Morris-Cook said: “There were 770 empty properties during the last year. We are down to 130: 44 of which have serious structural issues, 65 are as a result of the backlog. 20 are new and currently without structural issues are being turned around in under 30 days.
Cllr Morris-Cook also revealed a new sign that will be affixed outside each property once let.
Cllr Morris-Cook said: “The signs enable the residents to see when a property is going to be fit to occupy.
“We have turned what was a disaster of approx 120 days to currently within 30 days.”