Empty Dwellings

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 24th February 2005.

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Photo of Lindsay Hoyle Lindsay Hoyle Labour, Chorley

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister for what average length of time (a) council and (b) housing association properties were empty in the last period for which figures are available.

Photo of Keith Hill Keith Hill Minister of State (Housing and Planning), Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

No data are available to calculate the exact average length of time a council or a housing association property is vacant. However, figures for various vacant periods are available and are tabled as follows:

Local authorities Registered social landlords
Length of vacant at 1 April 2004 Number of dwellings Number of dwellings/bedspaces
Three weeks or less 12,200 9,100
Between three weeks and six weeks 8,900 6,000
Between six weeks and six months 15,700 11,200
Between six months and one year 6,500 5,800
Over one year 14,200 12,600
Total 57,500 44,700

Source:

ODPM Business Plan Statistical Appendices Annual Monitoring return and Housing Corporation Regulatory and Statistical Return

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