Empty homes spike in London commuter belt

Empty homes spike in London commuter belt
 

London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.
Fourteen of 20 local authorities that saw the largest percentage increases in vacant homes from 2015 to 2016 are in the South East, analysis shows.
"Buy-to-leave" investors were active in those areas, experts said.
The government gave councils new powers to charge a 100% council tax premium on empty homes in Wednesday's budget.
From 2010 to 2016, the number of long-term empty homes - defined as unfurnished and unoccupied for more than six months -... read more

 
24 November 2017 in Regional, Views: 66
Source: BBC
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