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PUBLICATION OF REPORT ON EMPTY GOVERNMENT HOUSES

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Housing minister Sir George Young has said he will consider the draft code of practice prepared by the Task Force o...
Housing minister Sir George Young has said he will consider the draft code of practice prepared by the Task Force on Government Department's Empty Houses to see how the number of vacan properties can be sensibly reduced.

Mr Young said: 'Where a residential property in an area of housing stress has stood empty for six months and no sale has taken place, the government will implement the policy whereby sale or short term leasing for social housing shall have priority'.

The minister added that 'the government also proposes to set annual targets for empty residential property and to publish Departments' achievements at the end of each year'.
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