North West Wales

Gwynedd council forces Talysarn derelict house sale

Terraced house at Talysarn which is being sold by Gwynedd council
Image caption The house in Station Road, Talysarn, has been empty for more than 20 years

A council is using its powers for the first time to force the sale of a derelict house.

Gwynedd council wants to recover its costs after it had to reroof the property at Talysarn in Gwynedd to protect nearby properties.

One neighbour said it was a relief after years of problems, and gave them a chance to refurbish their own home and move on with life.

The house goes to auction on 10 March with a guide price of £17,500-£20,000.

An enforced sale can be carried out only in certain circumstances when the council has been forced to intervene where a property affects others.

It is seen as a "last resort" where all other avenues of investigation and negotiation have been exhausted.

In the case of the Talysarn house the owner could not be traced.

Steve Rainsby said water was coming in to his partner's home because of problems with the house next door.

No-one is believed to have lived in the property in Station Road for more than 20 years.

According to Mr Rainsby, a builder started work on it at one time, but because of ownership problems the property was left with no slates on the roof.

"This sale is a relief, we can start looking to do up our house and move on," he said.

"Before, there was no option to sell because no-one wanted a derelict next door," he added.

He said he hoped the low auction price would attract a family.

"It'll be nice to see it brought back into use," he added.

'Annoyance'

Councillor Trefor Edwards, the housing portfolio leader for Gwynedd Council, said with 3,000 people on housing waiting lists in the county it was essential to make best use of empty buildings.

"I welcome the steps being taken to ensure that this property no longer causes annoyance to local residents," he said.

"Previous work to keep the site safe and clean has been costly and it is vital that the council does what it can to reimburse those costs, as well as bringing the house back into use," he added.

The property will be auctioned on Thursday 10 March at Carreg Môn hotel, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey.

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