A Timperley property that was causing serious problems for neighbours has been given a complete renovation after its sale was forced by Trafford Council.
The house on Mossgrove Road had been standing empty and in a poor condition for five years before the council’s Housing Standards team stepped in.
The team had contacted the owner on a number of occasions to ask that improvements were made to the property and gardens.
However, the owner ignored numerous warning letters requesting he provided a timescale for the complete renovation of the house, and eventually the council served enforcement notices setting a legal deadline.
The owner was warned that if they failed to comply then the council would complete the works itself and all unpaid costs would be recovered by the council, enforcing the sale of the property.
The owner subsequently sold the property last summer for £337,500 and it has since undergone a full renovation and has been sold to a new owner at a list price of £750,000.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods, said: “Far too many properties are empty in Trafford and this does not make any sense given the fact we are facing such a huge housing shortage.
“Long-term empty properties cause distress to neighbours as they fall into disrepair and become scruffy and a blot on the landscape. This is another example of how our Housing Standards Team are using their influence and legal powers to tackle problematic long term empty homes. Well done for all your hard work.”
Other long-term empty homes have been identified by the Housing Standards team and they are in the process of taking similar action.