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Rural blight by second homes

Comment 17th August 2010

The previous string was closed down as inappropriate.  Where then is the facility on this site for ideas not specifically requiring the repeal of existing legislation?

Second home blight od rural areas has been a problem for decades; one which politicians have been ringing their hands over and uttering platitudes but actually doing nothing.

I was born in the east end of London and understand the wish that town dwellers have to enjoy their leisure hours in a more pleasant setting.  I now live in A village in north Essex and when my partner and I walk our dog round the village in the evenings the number of houses with no lights on, no one at home, second homes is probably more than 50%. I understand how difficult it is for younger people to be able to afford to live in the areas where they were born.

There is a simple and I believe, effectual solution to this proble, a solution moreover which would be cheap to administer.

HM Land Registry have records of who already own property, second homes are already notified to the government for CGT purposes. I suggest that in future, people (including privately owned limited companies and spouses) seeking to buy second, third or subsequent homes should be required to purchase not one but two houses, the second to be within plus or minus £10,000 in value of the first and within a five mile radius from it geographically.  The second home to be rented to a local person (i.e. someone with at least two grandparents born within 20 miles), the rent to be decided by the local authority or district Surveyor.

This would make rental properties available in the short term and would tend to lower prices in the medium to longer term.  It would not remove the right for people to buy second homes but would link such purchases to a more responsible appoach to the community.  People renting such houses should be restricted from any currently existing right to buy for at least 10 years.

Why does this matter?

My idea is important because rural and coastal communities are becoming ghost towns losing young people, losing workers for local industries and presenting opportunities for theft to those who see such homes as easy targets.

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