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Empty homes in Slough targeted by council

10 March 10 08:27 GMT

A Berkshire council has agreed to renew a compulsory purchase policy to tackle the owners of vacant properties.

There are about 107 long-term vacant homes in Slough, and about 6,000 people on the housing waiting list.

Empty homes attract squatters, vandals, arsonists, drug users and fly-tippers, the borough council said.

It said a compulsory purchase policy that expired in 2008 would be renewed, enabling the council to act against owners and take over properties.

Manju Dhar, private sector housing manager, said: "Empty homes can pose many difficulties."

He added: "With this updated policy in place, we'll have more governance to ensure we can deal with any issues efficiently, effectively and economically."

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