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Empty Property: Greater London

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN HL3281, tabled on 3 November 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 September (HL2300), why empty dwellings in London are not being filled in order to tackle the housing shortage.

Answered on

17 November 2015

My answer of 24 September showed a trend of decreasing empty dwellings in London; from 42,600 in 2004 to 20,795 in 2014. Local authorities across the country have powers and strong incentives to tackle empty homes. Through the New Homes Bonus they can earn the same financial reward for bringing an empty home back into use as building a new one. Councils may also charge up to 150% council tax for homes empty for over two years.

My Department will continue to encourage London councils to use these empty dwellings for housing.

Answered by

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government