Record Drop in Numbers of Empty Homes in England

empty homes graph 2008 2013There has been a record drop in the number of empty homes in England. The number of empty homes dropped by 75,000 during 2013, the biggest-ever annual drop. This has reduced the total number of empty homes in England to 635,127 the lowest level ever recorded.  See the full statistics here David Ireland Chief Executive of Empty Homes said “It’s fantastic to see such a large reduction in the number of empty homes. Successive governments have introduced measures to help, but with well over one and a half million families currently on housing waiting lists there is still more to be done.  Housing will be a key battle area in next year’s general election and we hope that all parties will continue to have this issue right at the top of their manifestos.”  See press release here ___________________________________________________________________________________

National Empty Homes Loans Fund

The National Empty Homes Loans Fund is  open for applications. It is a joint initiative between Us Empty Homes, Ecology Building Society, central government and 58 participating local authorities, the fund provides loans of up to £15,000 to owners of empty properties to help bring them back into affordable use. The fund was one of the demands of last year’s Great British Property Scandal campaign led by our ambassador architect and broadcaster George Clarke. ehaloansfund

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