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Dilapidated buildings on Richmond Council's radar
Empty and derelict properties could be brought back to life by the council if new powers are granted.
Richmond Council is seeking authority from the cabinet to compulsory purchase three dilapidated houses in Twickenham, Teddington and Richmond.
The authority hopes the move will ensure the three semidetached and mid-terrace properties are brought back into use rather than sitting dormant and becoming a target for vandalism and squatters.
Council officers said they tried to contact the owners of the buildings on several occasions but said no action was forthcoming.
Councillor Nicola Urquhart, cabinet member for adult services and housing, said: “Given the neglect by the current owners and their continued failure to produce proposals or to take action to renovate and return the houses to use, the case for the compulsory purchase orders is strong.
“It also has the advantage that if sold, the council will be able to obtain a commitment from any new owner to restore a property for use as housing within a reasonable time-scale.”
In 2010 the council targeted four properties to bring back into use and were successful in doing so.