Empty Property: Security

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Grender Baroness Grender Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of individuals who are living as property guardians in England.

Photo of Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

The Government does not collect data on property guardians. According to research carried out by the University of York, it is estimated that there are between 5,000 and 7,000 property guardians in the UK, representing 0.1 per cent of households in the private rented sector.

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