Neighbours' anger over house in Lerecroft Road, Dringhouses which has been standing empty for 14 years

Neighbours' anger over eyesore house which has been standing empty for 14 years

The property in Dringhouses which has been standing empty for 14 years

The property in Dringhouses which has been standing empty for 14 years

The property in Dringhouses which has been standing empty for 14 years

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NEIGHBOURS who have put up with an empty home becoming a derelict eyesore on their street have spoken of their frustration as the house continues to crumble 14 years after the owners moved out.

Residents on Lerecroft Road, Dringhouses, say they have almost given up hope of ever seeing number 17 occupied again.

The house has lain empty for more than a decade, and neighbours have watched as the garden has become overgrown and parts of the roof have collapsed.

Over the road, home-owners Rachel and Robert Nicholson say they were forced to abandon plans to sell their house. They believe that buyers were put off by the eyesore house opposite.

Rachel said: “We had a part-exchange lined up with a new-build house, but the developers pulled out because our house did not have good enough resale potential. They implied it was because of the house opposite.”

Rachel and Robert even spent three days tidying up the garden at number 17 themselves in a bid to make it less off-putting for potential buyers, but in the end had to arrange to let their house out before they could move away.

Now their tenants Tony and Sharon Atkins say they would love the chance to buy the derelict house and transform it into a family home.

Tony said: “It’s a waste of a property when there are so many people out there who need a home.”

The neighbours have contacted City of York Council and asked for action to be taken to about the house, which they say drags down an otherwise pleasant street.

The council said it was working with the owner and hoped to see the house brought back into use, but it was not yet pursuing enforcement action.

Ruth Abbott, the council’s housing standards and adaptations manager, said: “The council’s empty property strategy allows for the use of enforcement action as an option of last resort in cases where informal approaches fail to achieve the reoccupation of long-term empty properties.”

When contacted by The Press, the owners of number 17 said they understood the neighbours' frustration and would like to see the house sold.

Although they are working with the council to bring the house back into use, a succession of family difficulties and health problems meant they had not been able to make any progress.

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12:41pm Thu 13 Feb 14

ZachCohen says...

In other words the current owners are either too lazy to do it up to a standard that would sell. Or to greedy and want the same value that other houses in the area are selling for.
Also anyone else think that coyc should have done a compulsory purchase?
In other words the current owners are either too lazy to do it up to a standard that would sell. Or to greedy and want the same value that other houses in the area are selling for. Also anyone else think that coyc should have done a compulsory purchase? ZachCohen
  • Score: 33

1:22pm Thu 13 Feb 14

YorkFella says...

Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?
Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses? YorkFella
  • Score: 17

1:42pm Thu 13 Feb 14

york_chap says...

It looks no worse than a typical student house. At least there won't be music blaring at all hours.
It looks no worse than a typical student house. At least there won't be music blaring at all hours. york_chap
  • Score: 23

2:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jaycee says...

Has anyone thought it could be a genuine case of the owners being unable to afford the repairs/improvements ?
Has anyone thought it could be a genuine case of the owners being unable to afford the repairs/improvements ? jaycee
  • Score: 12

3:01pm Thu 13 Feb 14

yorkresident40 says...

Maybe York council should look at Wakefield council policy on empty houses. Their massive increase in council tax after 6 months of a house being empty encourages people to sell up.
Maybe York council should look at Wakefield council policy on empty houses. Their massive increase in council tax after 6 months of a house being empty encourages people to sell up. yorkresident40
  • Score: 22

3:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Igiveinthen says...

ZachCohen wrote:
In other words the current owners are either too lazy to do it up to a standard that would sell. Or to greedy and want the same value that other houses in the area are selling for.
Also anyone else think that coyc should have done a compulsory purchase?
NO
[quote][p][bold]ZachCohen[/bold] wrote: In other words the current owners are either too lazy to do it up to a standard that would sell. Or to greedy and want the same value that other houses in the area are selling for. Also anyone else think that coyc should have done a compulsory purchase?[/p][/quote]NO Igiveinthen
  • Score: 6

4:10pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

Who the hell has a house they don't use and doesn't need the money
unless of course there banged up?
anyhow
Cut the grass and park your car on it, change the locks and in another 13 years it will be yours by Squatters rights . That should even the balance.
Who the hell has a house they don't use and doesn't need the money unless of course there banged up? anyhow Cut the grass and park your car on it, change the locks and in another 13 years it will be yours by Squatters rights . That should even the balance. Fabius the Delayer
  • Score: 7

4:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

elayne richardson says...

i know the owners as i use to live in that street, cant understand why they havnt rented it out when they moved
i know the owners as i use to live in that street, cant understand why they havnt rented it out when they moved elayne richardson
  • Score: 12

5:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

elayne richardson says...

YorkFella wrote:
Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?
there is nothing wrong with dringhouses it is one of the better areas in york to live
[quote][p][bold]YorkFella[/bold] wrote: Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?[/p][/quote]there is nothing wrong with dringhouses it is one of the better areas in york to live elayne richardson
  • Score: 1

5:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Hollywood Star says...

Such a waste, some people have more money than sense. Should be made to at least tidy it up if not sell. Too many people are awaiting housing for houses to sit empty like this. There is another like this off bellhouse way, foxwood too.
Such a waste, some people have more money than sense. Should be made to at least tidy it up if not sell. Too many people are awaiting housing for houses to sit empty like this. There is another like this off bellhouse way, foxwood too. Hollywood Star
  • Score: 9

7:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Hollywood Star says...

jaycee wrote:
Has anyone thought it could be a genuine case of the owners being unable to afford the repairs/improvements ?
Sell it then, to someone who can afford to......simple !
[quote][p][bold]jaycee[/bold] wrote: Has anyone thought it could be a genuine case of the owners being unable to afford the repairs/improvements ?[/p][/quote]Sell it then, to someone who can afford to......simple ! Hollywood Star
  • Score: 9

1:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

jumbojet says...

What is this 'enforcement action'?, we have had an eyesore at the top of Piccadilly for 30 plus years, a disused hotel, and the council have done NOTHING about that.
It comes under the title 'long term empty property'.
What is this 'enforcement action'?, we have had an eyesore at the top of Piccadilly for 30 plus years, a disused hotel, and the council have done NOTHING about that. It comes under the title 'long term empty property'. jumbojet
  • Score: 9

9:57am Fri 14 Feb 14

SheWhoDoes says...

Fabius the Delayer wrote:
Who the hell has a house they don't use and doesn't need the money unless of course there banged up? anyhow Cut the grass and park your car on it, change the locks and in another 13 years it will be yours by Squatters rights . That should even the balance.
The law on adverse possession changed years ago and it is no longer possible to simply claim ownership after 12 years of occupation.
[quote][p][bold]Fabius the Delayer[/bold] wrote: Who the hell has a house they don't use and doesn't need the money unless of course there banged up? anyhow Cut the grass and park your car on it, change the locks and in another 13 years it will be yours by Squatters rights . That should even the balance.[/p][/quote]The law on adverse possession changed years ago and it is no longer possible to simply claim ownership after 12 years of occupation. SheWhoDoes
  • Score: 3

10:28am Fri 14 Feb 14

again says...

YorkFella wrote:
Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?
Why, have you lost it?
[quote][p][bold]YorkFella[/bold] wrote: Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?[/p][/quote]Why, have you lost it? again
  • Score: 12

12:24pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MarkyMarkMark says...

again wrote:
YorkFella wrote:
Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?
Why, have you lost it?
Besides, we all know this isn't really Dringhouses.

Dringhouses is the posh bit on Tadcaster Rd and Middlethorpe Estate.
[quote][p][bold]again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkFella[/bold] wrote: Anyone seen the rest of Dringhouses?[/p][/quote]Why, have you lost it?[/p][/quote]Besides, we all know this isn't really Dringhouses. Dringhouses is the posh bit on Tadcaster Rd and Middlethorpe Estate. MarkyMarkMark
  • Score: -3

7:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

anistasia says...

If an house is left un occupied 6 months the owners can't be tracked down or show no interest in the property the council should make a compulsory purchase order.this property could have been done up so much cheaper if done earlier.this would have given a much needed house to someone who needs it and earn the council rent.the longer it was left the more derelict it became the higher the cost.feel sorry for the people who have to live near it.
If an house is left un occupied 6 months the owners can't be tracked down or show no interest in the property the council should make a compulsory purchase order.this property could have been done up so much cheaper if done earlier.this would have given a much needed house to someone who needs it and earn the council rent.the longer it was left the more derelict it became the higher the cost.feel sorry for the people who have to live near it. anistasia
  • Score: -1

6:54am Tue 18 Feb 14

browbeaten says...

Only 14 years. Try 4 market place kirkbymoorside. That has stood empty for 15 years. The inept Ryedale council have done nothing about enforcement action yet constantly bang on about a need for social housing. What a joke ! T
Only 14 years. Try 4 market place kirkbymoorside. That has stood empty for 15 years. The inept Ryedale council have done nothing about enforcement action yet constantly bang on about a need for social housing. What a joke ! T browbeaten
  • Score: 4

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