Published: 17th Dec 2019

On Thursday (December 12), Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPO) were completed on seven properties across Birmingham, this means that the council can bring these properties back into use as family homes.  The council’s private sector empty property team works with owners in Birmingham to understand why these houses are lying empty, and then they encourage and educate the owners to do otherwise. Where this fails, as a last resort the councils can use the CPO powers to bring the property back as a family home, this is part of their aim to bring back into use one empty home every day. The seven properties that are in Handsworth, Selly Oak, Acocks Green, Kings Heath, Kitts Green, Bromford and Sutton Coldfield will now be sold at auction, with the requirements that the new owners must bring them back into use within 12 months. Julie Griffin, acting director for housing at Birmingham City … (To read the full article, subscribe below)