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Landlords bring 20,000 empty homes back into use

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Almost 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year, according to new figures from the Empty Homes Charity…

Almost 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year, according to new figures from the Empty Homes Charity.

It has found that 19,069 long-term empty properties were brought back into use during the year to September, based on local authorities latest council tax information. There are now 259,842 long-term empty homes, seven per cent down on the same time last year. However, there are still more than 700,000 empty homes in England overall, a reduction of just 10,276 because other homes have become empty during the year.

Chief Executive David Ireland said:  “The huge effort made by people this year to get empty homes back into occupation has created a major contribution to housing supply and averted what would otherwise have been a rise in vacancy.”

However, Mr. Ireland warned that there is still a large number of properties that are effectively being landbanked and are not available for people to bring back into use.

Landbanked empty properties include:

  • 10,187 homes local authorities have made it illegal to live. This includes homes acquired for demolition and future development through compulsory purchase orders and those subject to closing orders;
  • 9,444 homes that have been repossessed by mortgage lenders but have not been sold or let; and,
  • 887 homes reserved for the clergy that are unoccupied.

Earlier this year, a survey of RLA members showed that 82 per cent would be interested in purchasing publicly-owned property if the the Government launched an initiative to sell off publicly-owned empty properties.

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