Soaring number of homes in city unfit to live in
The Herald|December 07, 2021
MORE THAN 100 PROPERTIES NOW LEGALLY UNINHABITABLE
ANNIE GOUK

A SOARING number of homes in Plymouth have been abandoned to go derelict, standing empty because they're not fit for people to live in them.

The latest government figures have revealed that as of October, there are 101 residential properties in the area where occupation is prohibited by law.

While there are many reasons why this might be the case, the most common is because the property is subject to a closing or closure order, typically because it is deemed unfit for human habitation.

These orders can also apply to properties that are closed at the request of the police.

Less often, planning consent can specifically ban the use of the property as a home, and even more rarely, action can be taken to acquire a property using an Act of Parliament.

Campaigners say the burden created by derelict homes often falls on local communities, and want to see more government funding to tackle the problem.

While a relatively small number, the 101 homes that are banned from being occupied in Plymouth is up massively from just 22 in 2020.

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