Number of empty homes in England rises to more than 216,000
Long-term vacant homes now account for £53.6bn of property, analysis finds
The number of empty homes across England has risen for the second consecutive year to more than 216,000, the highest level since 2012, according to official figures.
The number of long-term vacant properties – those that have been empty for at least six months – rose by 5.3% to 216,186 in the 12 months to October, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It is the highest level since 2012, when 254,059 properties were empty.