The Vale of Glamorgan Council could take “possession” of a rat-infested, damp and empty end-terrace house – 11 Redlands Road, Penarth – in which no one has lived for 17 years.
An Vale Council “untidy land” notice which was slapped on the property in November last year (reported by PDN on http://tinyurl.com/gtqey8n ) appears to have had no effect . The house continues to be a problem for local residents in an area where most houses are worth more £250,000.
Property experts say the Vale Council could use an “Empty Dwelling Management Order” under the Housing Act 2004 which allows an independent residential property tribunal to allow a local authority to take-over the day-to-day management of a property to ensure it is brought back into use. An EDMO would give the council “possession of the property without taking ownership of it” and does not affect the rights of the owner.
In a road of well-kept pricey properties within easy walking distance of Stanwell School ,the house at 11 Redland Road stands out as a blot on the landscape and a blight on the neighbourhood. Neighbours say the house has rotting window frames and the chimney stack may be unstable .
The front door bears notices evidencing previous, but evidently unfruitful visits by public officials .The Vale of Glamorgan Council has told Wales On Line it has twice taken legal action against the property’s owner, Mari James.
Wales on Line says the owner was vice-chair of the Yes for Wales campaign in the run-up to the devolution referendum. The Vale of Glamorgan Council has now assessed the property as “high risk” and the council is “actively looking to secure the property through further legal action” .