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Abandoned home left to nature for over a decade is up for auction at bargain price

Mirror logo Mirror 3 days ago Hayley Parker & Tim Hanlon

A derelict house that has been left to nature and become dilapidated after being empty for over 10 years is going up for auction at a price that should see bargain hunters queuing.

The abandoned three-bedroom semi-detached home in Stafford has become overgrown with shrubbery and weeds after its owner died 13 years ago and now it will go on the market for less than £100,000.

After a wave of complaints from neighbours about its crumbling condition, the property in Tixall Road, Stafford, will go under the hammer with a reserved price of £99,000, reported StokeonTrentLive.

The property auction is set to take place in November and a condition of the sale will be that the buyer brings it back into use within a set time-frame.

Council officials tried to track down a next of kin after the previous owner died but without success.

The home in Stafford hasn't been lived in for 13 years since the previous owner died © Staffordshire Newsletter The home in Stafford hasn't been lived in for 13 years since the previous owner died

Stafford Borough Council applied to the secretary of state for Communities and Local Government for consent to make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) – which allows the local authority to take control of the house.

Cabinet member for Communities and Health, Councillor Jeremy Pert, said getting the CPO was the last resort.

He said: "In the first instance we look to work with owners of empty or run-down properties to help bring them back in to use - and last year we assisted more than 75 homeowners to successfully do this.

"Empty properties are a wasted resource which can quickly become a blight to the community – but we have a range of measures where we can help the owner, or their next of kin, make their property habitable.

"Obtaining a CPO is always a last resort as it can be a lengthy legal process which is why we would much rather work with people to remedy the situation in other ways.”

He added: "This has been an exceptional case in which we have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure we can get this property back on the market and I am sure with the right investment and works it will make someone a nice home in the future."

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