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Lowest number of empty properties in the UK ever as housing market improves

The number of empty homes in the UK is at its lowest ever level according to new research.

UK Empty House Numbers Falling

The number of empty homes in the UK is at its lowest ever level according to new research.

Charity Empty Homes has revealed that the number of vacant homes has fallen by 75,000 in the past year, making it the largest annual drop on record.


The UK’s growing districts and cities were responsible for some of the largest reductions with Birmingham achieving the largest drop of 2,889 homes. Meanwhile, Gateshead saw a fall of 1,064, Leeds filled an extra 1,454 homes and Lambeth saw a significant decrease of 1,205.


The capital saw its vacancy rate dip below 2% for the first time, with only 59,313 properties empty. While the number of empty houses throughout London remained steady, individual areas such as Camden, Hounslow and Ealing saw the number of empty properties decrease, presenting excellent investment opportunities.


The improving housing market, government support for those looking to buy and changes to council taxation have been suggested as factors in the massive decrease in empty homes.

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