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Empty Property

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 45160, tabled on 2 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if he will make an estimate of the number of self-contained residential properties that have been empty for six months or longer.

Answered on

21 September 2022

There were 237,340 long-term vacant dwellings in England on 4 October 2021, a decrease of 31,045 (11.6%) from 268,385 on 5 October 2020.  The data is published annually with the next publication scheduled for March 2023.

In this dataset, long-term vacant dwellings are defined as properties liable for council tax that have been empty for more than six months and that are not subject to Empty Homes Discount class D or empty due to specific flooding events.