Housing

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th June 2009.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have commissioned research into the effectiveness of empty dwelling management orders (EDMOs); what research has taken place; and what is their assessment of the success of EDMOs.

Photo of Lord McKenzie of Luton Lord McKenzie of Luton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government), Department for Work and Pensions, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government) (also in Department for Work and Pensions), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions) (also in the Department for Communities and Local Government)

The department is making a continuous assessment of the success of EDMOs through its regular contact with local authorities and the Empty Homes Agency. Altogether 24 interim EDMOs have been approved by the Residential Property Tribunal Service (RPTS) and nearly half of these were approved in the past 12 months, compared with none in 2006 when the legislation first came into effect. We believe these figures show that the legislation is taking effect.

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