Empty Properties: Greater London

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the number of long-term empty homes in (a) the London borough of Merton, (b) south-west London and (c) London in each of the last five years.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

A table showing the number of long term empty dwellings by tenure for each borough in London since 2002 has been placed in the Library of the House.

Figures for the private and local authority tenures are presented for those dwellings empty for more than six months as reported by local authorities. Figures for registered social landlord vacancies are based on numbers of vacancies not available for rent as a proxy for long-term vacancies.

Communities and Local Government do not define an area for south-west London so figures have been provided for each London borough.

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