Monday, November 23, 2009

The latest annual Halifax Empty Homes survey

Number of empty private homes rises above 300,000

The latest annual Halifax Empty Homes survey shows that the number of long-term empty private homes - homes that have been vacant for more than six months exceeded 300,000 in 2008 for the first time in five years. There were 303,285 long-term empty private homes in England in April 2008, a rise of 9% from 279,281 in April 2007. The number of long-term empty private homes is at its highest since April 2003 (308,438), accounting for 1.6% of all privately owned properties. The total number of empty private homes in England stood at 613,270 in April 2008.

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6 thoughts on “The latest annual Halifax Empty Homes survey

  • Those pesky builders have been working through trhe night again – mind you a few spoons of bugle on the open days, and Bob’s yer Uncle.

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Oooh, now let me think, what sort of tax will get these back on the market ..?

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  • My god, don’t they realise there is a housing shortage???

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  • @ MW

    Double council tax on empty homes? 🙂

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  • Not to mention all the holiday homes that people use for a few weeks a year but are holding onto because of ultra cheap mortgages and the expectation that HPI is back on.

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  • How can the Halifax possible know this figure? Do they have some sort of detector van like the TV Licence detector that drives up and down every street in the UK detecting lifeforms?

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