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Empty Property

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many (a) empty homes and (b) homes which had been empty for more than six months there were in each region in each of the last five years. (305068)

Estimates of the proportion of empty homes and the proportion of homes empty for more than six months in each region in each of the last five years are shown in the following table.

There are a number of reasons why a property might become empty, e.g. the current economic climate or where a property needs to be renovated before occupation or where it is in probate. It is therefore important to draw a distinction between properties that have been left empty for less than six months and those that are vacant for longer.

Total empty homes and homes empty for more than six months (“long term”) in each region in each of the last five years as a percentage of total stock

Percentage

2004

2005

2006

2007

Total vacants

Long term vacants

Total vacants

Long term vacants

Total vacants

Long term vacants

Total vacants

Long term vacants

North East

4

2

4

2

4

2

4

2

North West

4

2

4

2

5

2

5

2

Yorkshire and the Humber

4

2

4

2

4

2

5

2

East Midlands

3

1

3

2

3

1

4

1

West Midlands

4

2

3

2

3

2

3

2

East of England

3

1

3

1

3

1

3

1

London

3

1

3

1

3

1

3

1

South East

3

1

3

1

3

1

3

1

South West

3

1

3

1

3

1

3

1

England

3

1

3

1

3

1

3

1

Sources:

Council Taxbase and Council Taxbase Supplementary (CTB1 and CTB1S) returns from local authorities