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Residents urged to report empty homes

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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EMPTY houses which attract vandals in Stafford will be transformed and brought back into use - if residents report them to council bosses.


Stafford Borough Council has identified more than 300 properties, which have been empty for years, across the borough.


The authority wants to bring the homes back in to use as soon as possible and is working with owners and landlords.

And the council is asking residents to tell them if they think there is a property left vacant in the area.

Bosses have already received 17 calls about empty properties from concerned residents this year.

One home in the Littleworth area, left empty for several years after the owner went into a care home, is already being brought back into use.

The property belongs to a 95-year-old man and the council is working with him, with support from social services and Age UK, to bring the property back up to scratch so it can be put on the market.

Part of the work has included clearing overgrowth and litter from the site.

Councillor Patrick Farrington, cabinet member for community, said identifying empty homes was not as straightforward as it appeared.

“Many people may think a house is empty but this may be because a person has gone in to hospital for a lengthy period or a care home; the property could be empty whilst personal representatives are dealing with the estate of someone who has died.

“It could be a very sensitive time for a family in these circumstances so we are very careful to identify the appropriate properties that are genuinely empty and that we can do something about.

“We get much better and speedier results when we work with owners and landlords who may be struggling to sell or let out their property and we can advise them and signpost them to other agencies which can help bring their property back to the market.”

Anyone who thinks a house is not being lived in should contact the council by email at housingadvice@ staffordbc.gov.uk or by telephone on 01785 619000.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  December 10 2012, 6:31PM

    who gets them after? its wrong its someones property if thats what they want to do and leave it its up to them . so if you do not use your car have they got have that its a joke . who gets the house to live in after? i bet its not the needy ......wrong people should keep there big nose out