Join Class War, 1pm, 14th June, Berkeley Square outside the London property developer’s forum.
Imagine if there was a law that prevented the rich from leaving luxury properties empty as investments. Even better, imagine if this law ensured that if a home was left vacant for over six months then local authorities could take over the management of the property and use it as part of their own housing stock to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people. That would be a good fucking law, and that’s a rare thing. And it is a law that the Labour Party accidentally introduced, although their target was not the rich, but squatters and those they claimed were involved in anti-social behaviour.
Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) came into effect in 2006 to tackles the problem of empty homes which the government said were “magnets for vandals, drug users, squatters and even arsonists”. They…
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