Over 11,000 homes have stood empty for at least 10 years, data shows

Published on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 12:00

The Lib Dems have conducted research that shows just 1 in 13 councils have used their powers to take over empty properties.

The data was collected through a Freedom of Information request and showed that more than 11,000 homes have been empty for longer than 10 years.

The fact that so many councils are unable/unwilling to use the powers they already have* is an indicative of their problem of too many existing laws/rules and insufficient resources to allow them to uphold them.

We have been urging Government not to introduce any more laws, but to encourage councils to use what they have, especially to stop criminal landlords/agents



* Empty Dwelling Management Orders, introduced in the 2004 Housing Act