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"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.
"General Election 2019: Lib Dems pledge 500% council tax rise for people who keep houses empty
Landlords and property owners who fuel the housing crisis by keeping property empty should pay for the damage they are causing society, ex-Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.
Unveiling plans that would let local authorities raise council tax on houses left empty long term by 500%, the Liberal Democrats said empty homes were “tearing apart” communities across the country."
The GMB Union London Region has decided to make empty homes a campaigning issue. The story begins here:
"The incredible number of empty homes in each London borough and staggering housing waiting lists
In some boroughs, vacant homes could fill more than 40 percent of people waiting for homes
It doesn't take a lot to see the signs of London's housing crisis. Just one glance at the window of an estate agent is enough.
Anyone who has tried to get accommodation for themselves or their families in London knows what an abject nightmare it can be.
New Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government data[i] released today shows 226,000 long-term empty homes, with a year on year rise of 10,000.
This is the third consecutive year in which figures have risen and the second year in a row to see a 10,000 home rise in numbers of wasted long-term empty homes.
Highlights and key issues:
The general picture
1. 2018 saw confirmation that empty homes numbers are rising significantly.
The rise of 5.3%, nearly 11,000 additional long-term empty homes, was double the rise in 2017.
The Guardian, The Metro and ITV News have covered the launch of Empty Homes in England 2019.
Action on Empty Homes Director and Campaigns Manager Chris Bailey were also interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Humberside this morning.
You can read this morning's coverage here:
The Hackney Gazette reports:
London may be in the grip of a housing crisis, but it has more than 67,000 homes with no permanent residents, according to government figures.
Last year in the capital there were 22,481 long-term empty homes - long-term being more than six months - and 44,641 second homes.
At the same time, rough sleeping figures are at a record high and London councils have more than 56,000 families and 88,000 children living in largely unsuitable temporary accommodation.
The team at Action on Empty Homes are looking forward to meeting everyone at the Empty Homes Network national conference on 18th September. We are in the middle of three projects that we will be giving you more information about during the day:
Brighid Carey, Action on Empty Homes writes:
Action on Empty Homes is developing a Community Action Toolkit for local authorities, community groups and other partnerships to use as a resource to help bring empty homes into use as affordable housing for local people. We expect the Toolkit to be available for free download from our website in early 2021. As we start this work, we’d like to gain a snapshot of the extent to which local authorities are currently collaborating with communities to bring empty homes into use.