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Number of empty homes in England falls to 200,000

Words: Huw Morris

More than 200,000 homes in England have been lying empty for more than six months, equivalent to £43 billion of housing, according to latest government figures.

In London, 19,845 homes were empty for six months or more. The London borough of Kensington and Chelsea has the capital’s highest number, with 1,399 homes – a rise of 8.5 per cent on last year.

However, the figures show the number of vacant homes across England has fallen by 36.4 per cent in the past decade, down from 314,719 in 2006.

Manchester saw the greatest fall in empty homes during the decade, a drop of 88 per cent to 1,365. Birmingham, with 4,397 has the most empty homes outside the capital, followed by Bradford with 3,944, and Liverpool with 3,449.

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