Rental loss over empty garages

East Devon District Council lose �70,000 in revenue.

EMPTY garages in Honiton, the Axe Valley and the rest of the area are seeing East Devon District Council (EDDC) ‘lose’ around �70,000 in revenue a year.

Authority bosses have seen a “steady increase” in the number of unused garages – classed as council housing stock.

A “significant number of voids” in Millwey Rise, Axminster, Whitebridges, Honiton, Harepath Road, Seaton, and in Payhembury and Musbury have been identified by officers.

A total of 120 empty garages have seen the council miss out on tens of thousands of pounds, 16 per cent of total debit, in yearly rent.

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The assets net EDDC an annual rental income of �424,000. Housing Review Board members will discuss whether to set up a task and finish forum to carry out a review of the council’s 762 garages, and their management, when they meet tomorrow (Thursday, January 12).

“The number of voids has been steadily increasing over the last two years,” says a report to board members.

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“We are now getting two to three garage terminations a week, with only one to two being let a week. The reason for the increase is primarily the current economic situation and because of a perceived high rental charge.”

EDDC has spent �27,350 on garage repairs so far in the 2011/12 financial year.

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