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Empty Property

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of empty habitable houses in (a) northern England, (b) the Midlands and (c) the South East and South West; and how many such houses are (i) publicly owned, (ii) privately owned and (iii) owned by housing associations. (249881)

Information on the total number of empty habitable dwellings and the number of privately owned empty habitable dwellings is not held centrally; however, an estimate of the number of empty habitable dwellings owned by local authorities and registered social landlords is held and these figures are shown in the following table:

Region

Estimates of local authority habitable vacant dwellings (as at 1 April 2007)

Estimates of Registered Social Landlord habitable vacant dwellings (as at 31 March 2007)

North

7,800

5,150

North East

1,910

780

North West

2,870

2,770

Yorkshire and the Humber

3,020

1,590

Midlands

3,810

2,010

East Midlands

1,950

560

West Midlands

1,860

1,450

South East

1,430

1,310

South West

960

740

Source:

Regulatory and Statistical Return submitted to the Homes and CommunitiesAgency by Registered Social Landlords, Business Planning Statistical Appendix andHousing Strategy Statistical Appendix submitted to Communities and local government by local authorities