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To: Bristol City Council

BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL - TENANTS NEED THESE HOMES!

BRISTOL CITY COUNCIL - TENANTS NEED THESE HOMES!

ACORN calls on Bristol City Council to employ its full enforcement powers to maximise supply of rental properties. In addition to ensuring its own residential properties do not lie needlessly empty, it should take full advantage of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) and other powers and provide Council Officers all necessary support and resources.

Why is this important?

Bristol is in the middle of a housing crisis affecting thousands across the city and made worse by the unaffordable rents and insecurity of renting privately.

Shortage of Council Housing and Housing Association properties leaves the Private Rental Sector at breaking point. Lack of supply drives down standards as we tenants are forced into paying eye-watering rents for damp and mould-ridden houses with only a couple of months security. In these circumstances, privately-owned empty buildings are a dangerous and unacceptable limit on the pool of available housing.

Where properties have stood empty for 2 years or more the Council can turn them into much-needed homes. Empty Dwelling Management Orders provide Local Authorities with powers of ‘Compulsory Leasing’. They can take possession, renovate and rent properties to recover costs. After that the building is returned to the owner with a paying tenant.

These powers are currently a last resort. It should be made clear that the use of EDMOs will be taken up if all other reasonable efforts come to nothing.

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Reasons for signing

  • I can't comfortably just sit here knowing that there are other people struggling with these over extortionate housing pricing! Something needs to be done the human cost of not is too much!
  • Bristol is in the middle of a housing crisis affecting thousands across the city and made worse by the unaffordable rents and insecurity of renting privately. I cannot stand idly by while others have nowhere to live. Sign this petition now and share it with all your friends and family! Christopher McCann
  • I cannot stand idly by while others have nowhere to live. Something needs to be done as the human cost of not is too great

Updates

2015-12-04 14:35:33 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-12-04 13:10:45 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-11-25 12:21:05 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-11-24 22:40:44 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-11-24 20:29:00 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-11-24 19:44:10 +0000

10 signatures reached