Archive | January, 2012

Slummin’ on Empty

29 Jan

Estimates of the amount of empty homes in England are currently held at around 1 million . With more than 2 million families on social housing waiting lists there is an urgent need to find new accommodation as the country’s housing crisis bites. In a blog for the Housing Network, shadow housing minister Jack Dromey revealed that the number of new social housing builds has dropped 99% over the last six months – leaving the hopes of many waiting on the housing list pinned on empty homes brought back into use.

In addition, levering in private investment including institutional investment will be very important. So too will be moving to longer term tenancies providing greater security for the tenant and the landlord.

The issue was propelled into the national spotlight thanks to Channel 4’s ‘The Great British Property Scandal‘ season, after which more than 113,000 people signed a petition in support of a campaign to fill Britain’s empty homes. A poll also revealed that 62.2% thought empty homes could be the answer to the country’s housing shortage.

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