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Empty Property: Greater London

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the vacancy rate was of (a) homes, (b) social rented homes and (c) commercial properties in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. (169815)

Vacancy rates for (a) all dwellings and (b) social rent dwellings for each London borough since 1997 are presented in the following table. Vacancy rates include long-term vacancies (those empty for more than six months) and short-term vacancies.

Vacancy rates of social rent housing (local authority plus registered social landlords) for London boroughs, 1997 to 2006

Percentage

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

City of London

2

3

<1

1

1

<1

<1

1

1

1

Barking and Dagenham

2

2

2

3

2

3

2

2

2

3

Barnet

2

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

Bexley

2

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

Brent

3

3

n/a

3

2

3

2

3

1

1

Bromley

2

2

2

3

3

2

2

2

2

1

Camden

3

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

2

2

Croydon

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

Ealing

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

Enfield

2

1

2

2

3

4

3

2

2

1

Greenwich

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

Hackney

6

5

5

5

5

4

3

3

3

2

Hammersmith and Fulham

4

4

3

2

2

2

3

3

2

2

Haringey

3

3

3

2

1

2

1

2

1

2

Harrow

1

2

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

2

Havering

2

2

2

2

3

2

3

2

2

3

Hillingdon

2

2

2

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

Hounslow

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

1

1

Islington

4

3

3

3

2

1

2

1

1

1

Kensington and Chelsea

4

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

Kingston-upon-Thames

1

1

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

1

Lambeth

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

2

3

Lewisham

3

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

Merton

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

Newham

8

6

5

2

2

2

2

2

3

3

Redbridge

3

2

2

5

3

2

2

2

1

1

Richmond-upon-Thames

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

Southwark

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

3

4

3

Sutton

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

1

2

2

Tower Hamlets

5

5

4

3

3

2

2

2

2

1

Waltham Forest

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

2

2

3

Wandsworth

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

1

1

1

Westminster

4

4

5

3

2

2

2

2

2

2

n/a = data not available

Sources:

Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix as reported by local authorities as at 1 April

Regulatory Statistical Return from the Housing Corporation as at 31 March

Total vacancy rates for all housing, London boroughs, 1997 to 2006

Percentage

1 April

October

November

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

City of London

1

1

n/a

n/a

1

1

3

3

2

2

Barking and Dagenham

2

3

3

3

2

2

3

2

3

4

Barnet

3

4

4

3

2

4

3

3

3

3

Bexley

3

3

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

Brent

5

4

5

6

5

5

3

3

3

2

Bromley

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Camden

4

5

7

5

5

5

4

3

3

3

Croydon

4

4

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Ealing

5

5

5

2

2

3

3

3

2

2

Enfield

3

3

3

4

3

4

3

4

4

4

Greenwich

5

5

5

5

3

4

3

3

3

4

Hackney

6

5

4

5

4

4

4

4

4

4

Hammersmith and Fulham

6

5

5

5

6

4

5

4

3

3

Haringey

6

5

6

5

5

4

4

2

2

2

Harrow

1

1

2

2

1

3

3

2

2

1

Havering

3

3

3

3

2

3

3

3

3

Hillingdon

3

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

2

Hounslow

3

3

2

2

1

4

2

2

2

2

Islington

7

4

4

3

4

3

5

3

2

2

Kensington and Chelsea

11

n/a

2

2

7

5

4

4

3

3

Kingston upon Thames

n/a

n/a

2

2

2

4

4

4

3

3

Lambeth

5

4

4

4

2

4

4

3

2

3

Lewisham

5

n/a

3

3

4

3

3

1

1

1

Merton

2

2

2

3

3

3

3

2

3

3

Newham

4

6

6

5

6

3

3

3

3

4

Redbridge

4

4

4

3

3

2

3

2

2

3

Richmond upon Thames

3

2

2

2

2

4

4

3

2

2

Southwark

3

4

6

6

6

3

4

4

2

2

Sutton

2

3

3

2

3

3

3

3

3

3

Tower Hamlets

7

7

7

7

7

6

3

2

2

3

Waltham Forest

5

5

3

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

Wandsworth

2

2

2

2

2

4

n/a

n/a

2

2

Westminster

3

3

3

3

3

4

4

3

3

3

n/a = data not available

Sources:

For 1997-2001 Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix as reported by local authorities

2002-06 Council tax base return from local authorities

Estimated vacancy rates for (c) commercial and industrial properties are available for 1998-99 to 2004-05 and are presented in the following table.

These estimated vacancy rates are derived from the amount of business rate relief given for empty and partially empty properties in each local authority as reported in financial returns to Communities and Local Government.

Estimated vacancy rates of commercial and industrial property, London boroughs, 1998-99 to 2004-05

Percentage

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

City of London

8

8

9

6

9

14

16

Barking and Dagenham

9

9

12

10

12

10

11

Barnet

6

6

4

6

5

6

5

Bexley

8

6

4

4

6

8

8

Brent

12

12

15

18

19

16

16

Bromley

6

7

6

5

4

3

4

Camden

12

11

6

5

8

11

10

Croydon

9

8

7

8

8

10

10

Ealing

12

18

18

19

18

18

18

Enfield

9

8

7

7

7

6

9

Greenwich

9

9

8

9

9

7

8

Hackney

30

28

24

21

22

20

28

Hammersmith and Fulham

7

7

7

5

7

10

11

Haringey

14

11

11

13

12

12

12

Harrow

7

7

7

6

5

5

5

Havering

10

8

8

8

7

8

9

Hillingdon

6

6

5

5

8

9

9

Hounslow

14

11

9

9

15

17

15

Islington

12

10

9

8

11

11

13

Kensington and Chelsea

2

2

2

2

3

5

6

Kingston upon Thames

7

13

7

5

7

7

7

Lambeth

10

10

6

6

8

8

9

Lewisham

13

12

12

12

12

13

13

Merton

7

7

6

6

7

7

7

Newham

16

15

14

14

14

14

14

Redbridge

8

8

8

7

7

7

8

Richmond upon Thames

6

6

4

5

6

7

6

Southwark

11

9

8

9

10

12

9

Sutton

7

6

8

8

8

4

10

Tower Hamlets

21

13

10

8

9

13

12

Waltham Forest

18

16

11

14

14

13

14

Wandsworth

7

6

5

4

5

5

5

Westminster

10

10

5

7

9

11

10