Over 11,000 homes have stood empty [in the UK] for at least 10 years, data shows
By Rowena Mason. Published in the Guardian on 1 January 2018
"More than 11,000 homes across the country have been lying empty for longer than a decade despite the housing crisis and rising homelessness, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats.
The data was collected through freedom of information requests to about 275 councils, which showed 60,000 properties had been empty for two years or more, 23,000 for five years or more, and over 11,000 have stood empty for at least 10 years. (...)
Government data suggests about 200,000 homes have been empty for six months or more but information on longer-term vacant properties is not routinely published."
Keywords: UK, data, Lib Dems, taxes, vacant property, empty dwelling, local councils, big landlords