Glasgow City Council Seizes Empty Investment Property

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Glasgow City Council is set to seize more empty properties in the city as part of a crackdown on derelict properties and absent landlords.

Councillors on Glasgow City Council have backed compulsory purchasing six further properties before transferring ownership to housing associations in order for them to be rented out.

The latest plan for seizures includes four flats – 25 Holmhead Place 0/1, Cathcart, 670 Eglinton Street 2/2, Eglinton Toll, 36 Elizabeth Street 0/2, Cessnock and 17 Harley Street 0/1, Cessnock – and two commercial units, both on Harley Street in Glasgow city.

The latest move by Glasgow City Council follows previous seizures of empty homes earlier in the year.

In March landlords in a tenement block on Westmoreland Street, Govanhill, were forced to sell, after flats had been ruled inhabitable by the authorities. This was followed by two derelict properties in Ibrox Street being compulsory purchased in April.

The four residential properties were identified as long-term empty homes while the two commercial units are ‘causing an environmental blight in the local area’ after lying vacant for many years, a report to councillors states.

The Holmhead Place flat, unoccupied since December 2009, will be transferred to Cathcart and District Housing Association, which will carry out essential repairs before using it for social housing. Council officers have been unable to track down the owner to acquire the property voluntarily.

Southside Housing Association will take on the Eglinton Street flat, which has also been empty for nearly ten years. The owner has confirmed he has no funds to carry out repairs.

Both shop units will be converted into social housing.

Ruairi Kelly, convener of Glasgow City council’s contracts and property committee, thanked staff for their work on empty homes, saying: ‘I know that it’s quite a big push to bring a lot of closes and properties that are either rundown or causing a blight on a number of our communities back into public ownership.’

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