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New figures reveal that nearly 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year.
According to the charity Empty Homes there are now 259,842 long-term empty homes, which is 7% down on the same time last year.
19,069 long-term empty properties were brought back into use during the year to September, based on local authorities’ latest council tax information.
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.
Empty Homes has called on the owners of empty properties to make them available as affordable housing, if only temporarily. The charity will make further calls for action during empty homes week.
Whilst Landlord Referencing Services welcome new initiatives and ideas to help the 2 million families on waiting lists find homes via the 1 million homes currently standing empty we cannot help but think that these measures are just scratching the surface, of an ever increasing problem.
What the UK needs is sustainable stock, coupled with advantageous legislation and tax breaks for private landlords.
Legislation weighted in favour of the tenant is actually having a counter-productive effect on tenants and actually causing them to become homeless.
This is because tenants believe these laws mean that they can get away with not paying rent but can continue to have a roof over their heads. But in reality these tenants are inevitably going to end up being evicted by their landlords, along with having a bad landlord reference and credit score because of this – which will only fuel the homeless crisis.
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There are now 259,842 long-term empty homes, which is 7% down on the same time last year
wow, that's still alot of homes! I wonder how this could be countered?
19,069 long-term empty properties were brought back into use during the year...
and long may the trend continue
Nearly 20,000 empty homes were brought back into use in England over the last year...
Well why bother when Govt & councils are putting boot into landlords
What is your council doing to tackle the empty homes crisis?
Nothing - they are making it worse with HMO licensing & Art4 which make renting homes more difficult & expensive
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