Vermin-infested empty cottage transformed after move as ‘last resort’

A gruesome Leicestershire home is being transformed after a ‘last resort’ move by a council. The property, at 11 School Lane, Newton Burgoland, near Coalville, had stood empty for around 14 years, falling more and more into disrepair with each passing year.

The semi-detached house had become the center of a series of complaints from neighbors who were increasingly concerned about vermin on the property and its tendency to flood. Despite repeated notices to the owner of the property over the years from the North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) calling on them to put the cottage away, it remained in disrepair – until the authority intervened.

In the first forced sale of its kind in the district, the chalet was sold at auction in April and the transaction closed last month. It now belongs to a builder, and will undergo a makeover. The overgrown exterior of the chalet has been trimmed and cleared.

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There are 476 private homes in North West Leicestershire which have been empty for more than six months. Normal practice is for the council’s empty house manager to work with owners of empty houses for over six months to restore them to use. This may include the owner selling the house privately, considering renovating it, renting out the property, or the council offering support in managing the estate of a deceased person.



Money from the sale will cover council cleaning costs

Councilor Andrew Woodman, NWLDC’s portfolio holder for community services, said: ‘Long-term empty homes like this are not only a blight on the landscape, but also prevent other residents and families from living. move into a house. Executing the sale of any property is a last resort as we always work closely with owners to help them get homes back into service or sell them.

“While we know there are hundreds of empty homes left, sometimes it is difficult for us to know exactly where the owner is and encourage them to work with us, which can mean the process of recommissioning takes longer than we would like,” Councilor Woodman added. “It’s great news that we will soon be able to see this extremely rundown and empty house transformed.”

The money from the sale of the chalet will cover the costs of clearing and selling the NWLDC. The sale will also help clear any debts on the property, while whatever remains will go to the seller.

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