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The government is being urged to do more to address the ‘scourge’ of empty homes in England by supporting buy-to-let landlords willing to invest in bringing them back “into long term use”.

Fresh figures show that the number of empty homes in England increased by almost 30,000 between October 2017 and October 2018 to exceed 634,000 units, which is why various organisations have suggested that a tax on vacant properties should be introduced in order to dissuade people from keeping hold of mothballed property.

Of the 634,000-plus vacant homes, the number of properties classed as being empty for six months or more increased by over 10,000 from more than 205,000 in October 2017 to over 216,000 in October 2018.


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