Bristol has proven very successful at tackling under occupancy of council homes and encouraging tenants to downsize, homesteading and community land trusts.
They have found 1,000+ homes which had been standing empty and found people to move into them.
To ensure they great traction with property owners and after exhaustive attempts to get empty properties back into use they use compulsory purchase orders. Big hammer but this is a really tough nut to crack.
In East Dulwich we have several properties that we really need to get back into use – 73 Crystal Palace Road, 34 East Dulwich Road immediately come to mind.
We also have a few pockets of land that we need developed – Melbourne Grove, Barry Road.