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If you own a residential property, a commercial building or a plot of land that is currently empty or under-used, then you could be part of the solution to the UK housing crisis. We can help you make the most of your asset, while helping to bring good quality affordable homes to market.


 

Would you like to unlock the potential of your empty property or vacant land?


The UK housing crisis: you can be part of the solution



Why we care.


Highlights and key issues:


An estimated 8.4 million people in England are living in an unaffordable, insecure or unsuitable home, according to the National Housing Federation.


The federation said analysis suggests the housing crisis was impacting all ages across every part of the country.


It includes people facing issues such as overcrowded housing or being unable to afford their rent or mortgage.


The government said housing was "a priority" and it had delivered 430,000 affordable homes since 2010.

 

The research, carried out by Heriot-Watt University on behalf of the federation, used data from the annual Understanding Society survey of 40,000 people by the University of Essex.


The figures were scaled up to reflect England's total population of nearly 56 million.


The research estimated:


  • 6 million people are living in an overcrowded home


  • 5 million are unable to afford their rent or mortgage


  • 5 million are in "hidden households" they cannot afford to move out of, including house shares, adults living with their parents, or people living with an ex-partner


  • 7 million are in unsuitable housing such as older people stuck in homes they cannot get around and families in properties which have no outside space


  • 4 million are in poor quality homes


  • 400,000 are homeless or at risk of homelessness - including people sleeping rough, living in homeless shelters, temporary accommodation or sofa-surfing


  • Some people may have more than one of these housing problems, the federation said.


  • People were considered to be living in overcrowded homes if a child had to share their bedroom with two or more children, sleep in the same room as their parents, or share with a teenager who was not the same sex as them.


  • Homes where an adult had to share their bedroom with someone other than a partner were also considered overcrowded.

 

 Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49787913 - 23 September 2019

  

The general picture

 

  • 2018 saw confirmation that empty homes numbers are rising significantly.


  • The rise of 5.3%, nearly 11,000 additional long-term empty homes, was double the rise in 2017.

 

  • All regions experienced rising numbers of empties in 2018, except the North East which fell by 1%, although the highest regional occurrence of empty homes is still in the North East where one in every 72 homes is long-term empty.

 

  • Two thirds of England’s local authorities saw numbers rise, inhalf of these the rise was over 10% and in more than one in ten authorities the rise was 30% or more. This has occurred in the context of introduction from April 2019 of new higher council tax premiums for two-year empties with higher punitive premiums for five and ten year empties to follow in 2020 and 2021.

 

  • The rise was weighted towards areas which previously had a lower number of long-term empties, notably London, the South East and Eastern regions. Over 70% of the authorities demonstrating rises of 30% or more are in these three regions. London up 11%, East of England up 11% and South East excluding London, up 9%.

 

  • The largest regional number of empty homes, around 40,000, is in the North West.

 

Second Homes

 

  • This category contains 252,000 homes with no permanent resident. There are 54 areas where at least one home in 50 is a second home.

 

  • Local council officers report that many ‘second homes’ are unused, some approaching dereliction; and many are owned by absentee owners who hold multiple second homes unused.

 

  • The ‘second home’ category is poorly defined, inconsistently applied, with one London authority no longer submitting data on this, and may be facilitating property hoarding for wealth storage, as well as tax evasion and money laundering. It also restricts housing supply.

 

  • In this context, we advocate the adoption of a national property register recording property ownership, usage and current status. This should be linked to a national landlord register, first proposed by Government as long ago as 2009 but never introduced.

 

Source: Empty Homes in England 2019 report published Monday 23rd September 2019

 

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