Salford University is using online networks to try to get 930 houses back into use.

This article titled “New attempt to track down owners of Greater Manchester's empty homes” was written by Martin Wainwright, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 26th September 2012 12.31 UTC

Years ago when I was a cub reporter in Bath, I remember investigating the case of a pretty but forlorn and boarded-up end of terrace house whose ownership was beyond the means of anyone to find out.

In the end, the city council obtained an instrument called an Unknown Ownership Compulsory Purchase Order which allowed it to circumvent the lengthy and probably unrewarding business of trying to find out who owned the property and why it had been allowed to decay.

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