Full results of ComRes MPs survey published. China, the far side of the empty homes problem

In this edition you'll find links to full results of ComRes polling of MPs, showing cross-party support for Government to back local councils with investment and new powers

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Full results of polling - MPs views on empty homes published

Action on Empty Homes has published the full findings from its ComRes commissioned survey of MPs carried out at the end of 2018. There is lots of interesting detail in there. Most striking of all is the finding that 86% of MPs polled agree that Government should place a higher priority on tackling empty homes. 72% rank action to bring England’s 216,000 plus long-term empty homes back into use as one of their highest two priorities for combating the current housing crisis. There is more comment in our end of year press release and you can read the full results here

South Tyneside may ‘interfere with human rights of landowners’

According to the Tyne and Wear Evening Chronicle, owners of empty homes in South Tyneside could be forced to sell up under new proposals. The 'enforced sale' policy would give the council powers to sell on private property and land without the owner's permission. A report to South Tyneside Council's cabinet, states some owners "show no desire to maintain (homes) or return them to use”.
The local paper reports that ‘Council officers have admitted the decisions could “interfere with the human rights of landowners” but they also believe changing ownership of buildings could potentially "stimulate new interest, investments and reoccupation" in the borough’. The new policy was agreed on Thursday 4 January. You can read the full story here

Negative equity? China’s Property Market Strains the World

The New York Times reports that millions of unoccupied new homes are contributing to the slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy. Developers are burdened with debt and unsold apartments, while homeowners are seeing massive price falls. In some places, homeowners are taking to the streets in protest. More than one in five apartments in Chinese cities — roughly 65 million — sit unoccupied. You can read more here

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