Council Powers

Council Powers

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is keen to work with owners of empty properties to help them bring their property back into use. However, if a property is causing a nuisance or if negotiations with the owner has failed, the Council may consider using enforcement powers.




Local Authorites have three main enforcement powers:


Enforced Sale


If you have debts to the Local Authority secured on the property they can require you to pay them back. If you don't they can force the property's sale in order to get this money.


Compulsory Purchase


Your Local Authority almost certainly has the power to buy your empty property with or without your permission. However,they can only do so if you have no realistic plans for it yourself and you won't consider any voluntary options for returning it to use. Local Authorities don't use the power that often, although some use it more than others. If they compulsorily purchase your property they will pay you the full marked value and sometimes additional compensation payments. If you are threatened with compulsorily purchase and you want to avoid it happening, talk to the Local Authority and try and agree a volutary solution. If the council go ahead anyway you do of course have a right of appeal.


For more information see:



Empty Dwellings Managment Orders


If you have rejected reasonable voluntary solutions the Local Authority has the power to take over the management of the property. Initially for up to a year, but if you still can't agree on a voluntary solution with the local authority it can be extended by up to seven years. You will retain ownership of the property and will receive rent if any is due. The Local Authority will have most of the rights of a landlord inluding the right to do repairs and rent out the property, although they won't be able to sell it or secure debts on it. If this power is used you can contest it at any stage. For more information see the Empty Homes Agency - EDMO guide