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Council uses compulsory purchase powers to bring five long-term empty properties back into use for homeless families

Five properties in Walsall which have been empty for a long time will be brought back into use with the keys given to homeless families who are in need of temporary accommodation.

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Walsall Council is bringing a number of empty homes back into use for those in need of temporary accommodation

Four of the homes have been empty for over 10 years.

Walsall Council said there had been repeated attempts to encourage the owners to bring them back into use.

The authority has now successfully applied for compulsory purchase orders (CPO).

Empty dwellings can be a point of contention in local neighbourhoods and can typically attract complaints about rubbish, rodent infestations, overgrown gardens and anti-social behaviour.

They also take away the opportunity for people to access a secure and stable home.