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messageEmpty houses and squating
Posted by malumbu December 02, 04:29PM

Something to take you away from Brexit, although perhaps with the economic decline this may well be related.

A place near us has been empty for years. Signs of renovation but never finished. Never any signs of occupation. Fiscal measures such as increased Council Tax for empty properties don't seem to have any effect. Hardly sitting on a goldmine with prices set to plummet and not the best option to launder money.

Ideal squat if anyone needs some rent-free accommodation, plenty of space for artistic pursuits, anarchic activities and generally talking us back to the time of Thatcher.

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messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by uncleglen December 02, 04:43PM

It is illegal to squat residential properties

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by rendelharris December 02, 04:48PM

uncleglen Wrote:
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> It is illegal to squat residential properties

So is using antisemitic/Islamaphobic hate speech but you don't let that bother you. You've managed, in your standard bright way, to completely miss the point and the joke of malumbu's post.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by diable rouge December 02, 04:48PM

Careful what you wish for grandad...smiling smiley


messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by malumbu December 02, 06:10PM

Actually there was a serious point to my post that someone has been sitting on an empty house for years whilst there are those out there without a roof over their head. When I moved to the SE there was the remnants of an earlier squatting scene. The BBC 'street' programmme on Camberwell Grove looked back on that too, at a time when Camberwell was on a slippery slope - perhaps the squatters even helped on preventing demolition of the Georgian terraces. I was sadly never 'cool' enough to squat. This bloke was far cooler.

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messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by Angelina December 02, 06:20PM

So, you think the owner deserves squatters?

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by siousxiesue December 02, 09:54PM

Angelina Wrote:
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> So, you think the owner deserves squatters?


If it's been empty for years, I'd say that's the least they deserve

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by TE44 December 03, 09:54AM

There may be active intervention by Southwark council
regarding this empty house, if not there should be. I
suppose it depends if they are aware how long it has been empty. Southwark council have a record of being one of the boroughs with a high number of empty social housing. I have no idea how they manage the private housing,regarding empty houses, although there are laws in place to intervene.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by TE44 December 03, 09:59AM

Malumba, just noticed your op, renovations had begun,
It would be interesting to know if the owners recieved any funding from local council for this. Or how much southwark council fund and follow up in these circumstances.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by JohnL December 03, 10:09AM

malumbu Wrote:
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> Something to take you away from Brexit, although
> perhaps with the economic decline this may well be
> related.
>
> A place near us has been empty for years. Signs
> of renovation but never finished. Never any signs
> of occupation. Fiscal measures such as increased
> Council Tax for empty properties don't seem to
> have any effect. Hardly sitting on a goldmine
> with prices set to plummet and not the best option
> to launder money.
>
> Ideal squat if anyone needs some rent-free
> accommodation, plenty of space for artistic
> pursuits, anarchic activities and generally
> talking us back to the time of Thatcher.
>
> Ad will be placed shortly on this web site.
>
> Boooooh
>
> [www.gov.uk]

Guardians ?

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by fishbiscuits December 03, 01:20PM

JohnL Wrote:
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> Guardians ?

I think the property guardians thing is a great idea in theory, but I was really surprised to hear how much they charge to live in these places. It's more of an alternative to flat sharing than it is to squatting. And you can be booted out at any point, with only one month's notice.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by malumbu December 06, 05:55PM

Somebody has been sitting on a reasonably sized house for a number of years, with a half assed attempt to renovate. It's not to a high standard so doesn't look like a good investment. It's not in an areas where national and international criminals buy property to launder money. It has probably depreciated. They need to spend money heating it or it will become damp. I expect that there is a premium on the Council Tax. Lewisham (this side of the tracks) doesn't have an empty house problem and main focus is making sure social housing is not empty and taking action when private properties are becoming derelict.

But the owner has a right to leave it empty and there is no longer a right to squat. Just strange.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by Still Rolling December 06, 11:16PM

snowflakes they need there safe zones

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by malumbu December 07, 02:03PM

????

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by rahrahrah December 07, 03:18PM

Still Rolling Wrote:
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> snowflakes they need there safe zones


Eh?

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by JoeLeg December 07, 04:41PM

Ignore the troll. Posting history tells you all you need to know.

messageRe: Empty houses and squating
Posted by rendelharris December 07, 04:59PM

JoeLeg Wrote:
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> Ignore the troll. Posting history tells you all
> you need to know.


He's gone. Well played Admin - looked like a previous visitor. God knows why these people persist!


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