Empty Property: Greater London

Department for Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 25th September 2017.

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Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Labour, East Ham

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans he has to support bringing derelict homes back into use in Greater London.

Photo of Alok Sharma Alok Sharma Minister of State (Communities and Local Government)

The number of empty homes is at its lowest since records began in 2004. In May 2010 over 300,000 homes in England had been standing empty for longer than 6 months. As of October 2016 the number of long-term empty properties had fallen to 200,145. Local authorities have powers and strong incentives to tackle empty homes. Through the New Homes Bonus they earn the same financial reward for bringing an empty home back into use as building a new one. Councils may also charge up to 150 per cent council tax for homes empty for over two years.

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