Need help in trying to figure out what is the best way to tackle this....this is the situation that has come across our way.... There is a house 2 doors up, that has been so badly run down, it has now reached the stage that it has been deemed UN-inhabitable to live in by the council.... This is were it gets interesting. The house was owned by an old lady who has since passed away , and the house was left to her son, who is pretty useless. There is a car in the carport that has been there for over 8 years and flat tyres etc. eaves falling down, electricity has been cut off, water has been cut off. The son moved out years ago and has never bothered with it. It is overgrown and the pool has 5 inches of muck growing on it, that it is infested. The council workers refused to go in it, due to OHS issues. The house itself is probably about 25 years old. Its still locked up , but worse for wear. Now, we have since found out, that the lady left it to her son to live in , and part of the will is that he has to live in it, until such time that he doesn't. Once that happens, the house is bequeathed(think how u spell it ) to a charity. No one knows the charity. The son (45yo) doesnt bother about it, and basically spends his money in a bar ...The council are owed rates for over 10 years, which has been estimated at $30,000. The house has to be knocked down..for sure...no one has been inside it for 7 years so we dont know...however the land itself in its current state has been valued at $620K as per council rates. Basically we want to buy it. It was only in the last year that the council have known the current situation after numerous visits. In its current state it would go well over a mill if it was sold...even if knock the house down, it would be up round 900K just for the land. we want to know if it possible to speak to a council to see if they can push or what needs to be done to sell it. Now not being sneaky, we have been asked by the neighbors who all have fantastic homes to do something. one neighbor has been admitted to hospital due to the state of the next door house and this has been going on for over 10 years. The scenario would be , ok buy it, pay council out of sale, money goes to charity, knock house down...then think next step...Has anyone herd of this or something similar or if it possible to go about this?...speak to council or who you would need to speak to and which department. any advice?