18 Jul

Empty Homes Agency "disappointed" at government's decision

Empty Homes Agency "disappointed" at government's decision

The Empty Homes Agency (EHA) has expressed its disappointment at the government's decision not to reward councils for taking actions to bring unoccupied properties back into use, as had previously been considered.

Last year proposals were announced to offer grants in order to harness empty homes to create affordable housing.

In consultations, 57 per cent of respondents supported this idea, while 17 per cent were against.

David Ireland, the body's chief executive, noted that the government's decision is unsurprising as the it is focused on building new homes, but said "that doesn't make it any less disappointing".

"Empty properties blight communities and represent a huge waste of potential homes. By the government's own figures, the problem is increasing at an alarming rate," he remarked.

Earlier this year the EHA cited official figures which showed that there are 675,000 empty homes in England, of which 288,000 have been empty for more than six months.

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