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The Council is set to approve the purchase of more privately owned empty properties on 28 June following the success of previous schemes.

All of the properties across the city have been empty for a considerable period of time say the Council, as they seek to bring the properties back into use. The aim is to provide “much needed housing and to remove the negative impact the empty houses are having on the local communities and neighbourhoods.”

Cabinet member for Housing and Homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths says:

“In the last three years we have brought around 1,000 empty properties back into use.

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“We offer home owners advice, guidance and support in bringing their empty properties back into use, but ultimately we can and will compulsorily purchase empty properties where homeowners leave properties empty for a considerable time.

“It is important that we do this to help provide much needed housing for our citizens.

“Empty properties also have a detrimental effect on the surrounding neighbourhoods as they are a magnet for anti-social behaviour.”

Birmingham’s success in bringing 1,400 privately owned empty properties back into use has given a massive boost to the city’s housing stock and brought huge financial gains for the city.

The decision taken by Birmingham City Council to remove the Council Tax exemption for empty homes has meant that in 2013/14 Birmingham generated £777k of additional charges via the empty property premium.

And by bringing the properties back into use, the city will also receive an additional £1.8m, included in the overall New Homes Bonus of £4.6m in 2014-15.

Cabinet member for Housing and Homes, Cllr Peter Griffiths said:

“In the last three years we have brought around 1,000 empty properties back into use.

“We offer home owners advice, guidance and support in bringing their empty properties back into use, but ultimately we can and will compulsorily purchase empty properties where homeowners leave properties empty for a considerable time.

“It is important that we do this to help provide much needed housing for our citizens.

“Empty properties also have a detrimental effect on the surrounding neighbourhoods as they are a magnet for anti-social behaviour.”

The council’s successful Empty Properties team can be contacted on 0121 303 7978 or by email on emptyproperty@birmingham.gov.uk

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