8:51 AM, 2nd July 2021, About 3 months ago 9
My 1 BTL property has been empty since 04/01/21 (my tenant reluctantly had to leave London to look after their elderly parents during the Covid Pandemic and I waivered a 2-month period notice to one month to enable them to do so).
Whilst also being deemed elderly and vulnerable myself (and having to self-isolate) I used this empty period to install a new central heating system (old warm air heating system parts being obsolete). A kitchen cupboard (to fill the void left from the old heating system removal) has been on order, but delayed by manufacturing hold ups (again due to Covid pandemic).
Once I can take delivery my Contractor (depending on his availability) will attend and carry out repair works (central heating pipework to every room in the property) and redecorate before putting it back on the rental market, in pristine order! Also prior to being back on the market I will be required (obviously) to obtain all safety certification: EPC, EIRC, Gas etc. So until all this is carried out I will not be legally able to rent out the property anyway!
I have today (just short of 6 months after being vacated) received a letter from my council asking me to provide a summary of the current status and future plans for MY property.
They ask for reasons for empty property status to update their records to rule out taking enforcement action (during a lockdown pandemic period) for an empty dwelling management order (it was me that informed them that the property was empty as I requested empty property council tax discount).
Their letter is from (can you believe it?) Head of Revenues!
Is this another way for Councils to earn revenue?
I had thought that the empty property register was set up to identify “abandoned” empty properties to lessen homelessness (due to their own failure to provide homes) – not as a way to earn more revenue.
Maybe I am being cynical!
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