"Homebuilding may be at a 30-year high, but experts say a rise in the number of long-term empty properties shows the wrong kind of housing is being built."
The Hackney Gazette reports on the Action on Empty Homes and the latest Government data. Hackney has seen a 24% rise ion the last year with 1 in 100 homes now empty.
Action on Empty Hones Campaigns manager Chris Bailey says:
"There is speculation unsold newbuilds are contributing, alongside a general slowing of the housing market lowering transactions.
"One South East officer told me that of his 600 or so long-term empties, over a quarter were unsold newbuilds, including both market sale and so-called affordable shared ownership units.
"We can add to that the stories we know about in London where luxury developments like flats in Centrepoint remain unsold as Brexit jitters lead to developers pulling them off the market.
"When we set this against rising numbers of street homeless fuelled by benefit cuts and Universal Credit sanctions, and increased numbers of Londoners in temporary accommodation, it's difficult to call this anything other than a scandal."
You can read the full article here: https://www.hackneygazette.co.uk/news/increase-of-empty-homes-discredits-record-rise-in-housebuilding-say-housing-campaigners-1-6382104