Use empty properties to house vulnerable people

Harriet from Dartmouth Park spoke at the Citizens’ Assembly (watch the video below): 
 
“There’s loads of empty properties in Camden, there’s loads of opportunity, so it’d be great for those that are vulnerable and desperately in need of somewhere to call home to be given the opportunity to have somewhere they can call home.”
 

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We need to maximise good  use of empty properties

by Camden2025Team on December 20, 2017 at 10:13PM

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  • Posted by CouncillorDannyBeales December 24, 2017 at 23:09

    Hi Harriet - how do you think we could encourage people to use their empty properties in this way? A council tax discount? Or a home sharing scheme? We've also charged 150% council tax on long-term empty properties (and could change more now).

    In terms of the councils own empty properties - we work hard to reduce the time priorities are empty when tenants move out or pass away. Where we have longer-term empty properties (called voids) that are held empty because we are in the medium term looking to rebuild the estate with modern council homes, we use then to house people temrpoarily - called guardians. Often younger people who couldnt afford a place of their own - paying a reduced rent for one or two years. Do you think this is the right approach?

    Cllr Danny Beales - Cabinet member for investing in communities
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