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In 2019, a Council served a section 79 of the Notice (Building Act 1984) in respect of premises which were owned by a dissolved company. The building on the premises was demolished in 2020. To recover the costs of demolition, the Council intends to go for an enforced sale. Do you have any guidance in respect of the procedure? Presumably, the premises will be bona vacantia and dealings will need to be had with the Government's BVD.

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Published on LexisPSL on 09/06/2021

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  • In 2019, a Council served a section 79 of the Notice (Building Act 1984) in respect of premises which were owned by a dissolved company. The building on the premises was demolished in 2020. To recover the costs of demolition, the Council intends to go for an enforced sale. Do you have any guidance in respect of the procedure? Presumably, the premises will be bona vacantia and dealings will need to be had with the Government's BVD.
  • Demolition under BA 1984
  • Recovery of demolition expenses
  • Dissolution of company
  • Crown property and application of BA 1984

In 2019, a Council served a section 79 of the Notice (Building Act 1984) in respect of premises which were owned by a dissolved company. The building on the premises was demolished in 2020. To recover the costs of demolition, the Council intends to go for an enforced sale. Do you have any guidance in respect of the procedure? Presumably, the premises will be bona vacantia and dealings will need to be had with the Government's BVD.

Demolition under BA 1984

Section 79 of the Building Act 1984 (BA 1984) empowers a local authority to require the owner of a building or structure that, by reason of its ruinous or dilapidated condition, is seriously detrimental to the amenities of the neighbourhood, to execute such works of repair or restoration, or if the owner so elects, to take such steps for demolishing the building or structure or any part thereof, as may be necessary in the interests of amenity.

Certain notices under BA 1984 must indicate the nature of the works to be executed and state the time within which they are to be executed. Subject to any right of appeal, if the person required by such a notice to execute works fails to execute them within the time limited by the notice the local authority may itself execute the works and recover from that person the expenses

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