Squatters empty houses and the unknown

(6 Posts)
failingmammalian Mon 23-Dec-13 13:28:11

Would you buy a house that was next door but one to a house that's been empty for about three years since an old mentally ill lady sadly died there? It's all boarded up . Am I mad to leap the conclusion it will become a crack den? I guess it would have done by now if it were going to? What else to think about? I know the powerful collective musmnet brain will think of stuff! Thanks and happy hols to all

7to25 Tue 24-Dec-13 13:43:00

I may be going mad but I think there may be a government body that deals with these empty houses, tries to establish ownership and get them sold.
Somebody may know more.

TalkinPeace Tue 24-Dec-13 15:18:59

Am I mad to leap the conclusion it will become a crack den?
yes

lalalonglegs Tue 24-Dec-13 16:04:32

Squatting is now a criminal offence so anyone who tries to take it over could be looking at a prison sentence if reported. 7to25 is correct, there is an Empty Homes Agency but I think it is more of a pressire groip than a government body however local authorities have targets regarding getting empty homes reoccupied.

If it were me, I'd probably be trying to buy yhe abandoned house cheaply rather than its neighbour wink.

whataboutbob Tue 24-Dec-13 20:26:22

it could be tied up in property/ inheritance issues eg trying to establish who the legal heir is etc. Or maybe there's an executor who is not in that much of a hurry. The question is how do you find out? The council may be able to provide some info.

failingmammalian Wed 25-Dec-13 20:51:44

Thanks for all this. I was surprised at councils response which was if it's not council we don't know about it ... Odd. Anyway thanks for help

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