Council puts empty homes to good use

By Alice Warner

Two houses which have stood empty for several years are set to be brought back into use.

Leicester City Council plans to make Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) on properties at 344 East Park Road, Spinney Hills, which has stood empty since 2015, and 213 Duncan Road, Aylestone, which has been vacant for almost two years.

The council action follows numerous attempts by the city council’s empty homes team to contact the owners of the properties, but the properties have remained unimproved and unoccupied.

Now, the city council will move to use its CPO powers to acquire the properties and bring them back into use as homes.

Leicester City Council will cover its purchase costs by selling the houses to new owners, who must undertake to bring the property back into use within an agreed timescale.

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