Government-backed lending schemes will be offered to landlords with unoccupied residential properties that require refurbishment or repair in order to get them back into use.
A new squatters right
There are over 200,000 long-term empty homes in the UK http://www.emptyhomes.com/statistics-2/empty-homes-statistice-201112/
We believe that housing is an essential utility for modern life and that it is unethical to hoard such scarce resource.
We propose a new system of squatters rights to incentivise owners of empty homes to bring their popert back into occupation. In order to benefit from the right to occupy an empty home, the following conditions must be met:
The property must be a residential property and must have been unoccupied for at least six months
Squatters must pay Council Taxes as the occupier
Squatters must maintain the property in good order and rectify any damage beyond reasonable wear and tear
Squatters must not unreasonably under or over occupy a property
Squatters must not incur any anti social behaviour sanction (unrelated to the act of squatting itself)
Squatters must vacate the property at three months notice if the property owner can prove their intent to bring the property back into occupation. Property owners who use this provision to gain possession of a property but who fail to arrange for the reoccupation of the property after a reasonable time will be liable to a fine payable to the evicted squatters and will be required to allow the return of the squatters, again under the above conditions.