Over 600,000 homes lay vacant across England

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A new study has revealed the shocking extent of England’s empty homes crisis, with more than 600,000 homes remaining vacant.

The study, conducted by Good Move, has found that a third of empty homes are classed as long-term vacant, after being empty for more than six months.

The city of Liverpool takes the crown for the most vacant properties, with a staggering 10,512 properties laying empty last year. The data comes despite efforts by Liverpool City Council to reduce the amount of vacant homes with a free matchmaking service to introduce buyers and sellers of empty homes, in a bid to bring more empty homes into use.

Birmingham follows closely behind, with 10,386 empty homes. The city famous for its Bullring accounts for 17% of West Midlands’ total number of vacant homes.

The Yorkshire city of Leeds has the third highest number of empty homes throughout the country, with 10,263 properties vacant. Leeds’ empty homes equates to 14% of Yorkshire and the Humber’s empty homes.

The North West has the most vacant properties, with 102,847 homes laying empty across the region, and 38% of those being vacant for longer than six months. Liverpool has the most empty homes in the North West, and the country as a whole, with 10,512 vacant properties in 2017.

Following closely behind the North West is the South East, with a staggering 86,693 vacant properties last year. Of the 86,000 empty homes, 29% of those are vacant for longer than six months.

The top five cities with the highest number of empty homes are:

City

Number of vacant homes (2017)

As a % of all housing

Liverpool

10,512

4.70%

Birmingham

10,386

2.40%

Leeds

10,263

3.00%

Durham

10,026

4.20%

Bradford

8,751

4.10%

England regions by number of vacant homes:

Region

Number of vacant homes (2017)

As a % of all housing

Long-term vacant*

North East

43,617

3.60%

17,106

North West

102,847

3.20%

39,344

Yorkshire & The Humber

73,728

3.10%

27,009

East Midlands

52,562

2.60%

18,553

West Midlands

62,919

2.60%

20,996

East of England

58,831

2.20%

17,983

London

62,366

1.80%

20,237

South East

86,693

2.20%

25,378

South West

62,328

2.50%

18,687

*Vacant longer than six months

To find out more about the number of empty properties in various cities and how this has changed over time, take a look at Good Move’s study here

 

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