12 Dec

Empty homes need to be utilised

Empty homes need to be utilised

With communities minister Andrew Stunnell celebrating the fact that the number of homes in the UK which lie empty have dropped by the largest amount since 2004, it is now imperative that the remainder of empty housing is put to use.

According to the latest government figures, 21,000 homes which had lain empty were inhabited again in the last 12 months.

However, the Guardian reports that there are still 930,000 empty homes around the UK, with some 4.5 million people still waiting on housing lists, bad news for those looking for property to rent in Bournemouth.

David Ireland, chief executive at charity Empty Homes, said that landlords need to take the responsibility, and seize the opportunity to get these homes back on the market.

"If you have got housing that is lying empty and it is not doing anything then it makes sense to try and provide those properties to the people who need them," he added.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801236755-ADNFCR

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