The government says a raft of measures it has introduced means the number of empty homes across the UK is now at â€œan all-time low.â€
It says the number of empty homes was 318,642 in 2004 but last year was around a third less at 203,596.
It claims that measures helping create this change include:
- rewarding councils for bringing empty homes back in to use through the New Homes Bonus;
- actively bringing over 106,000 empty homes will be back into use;
- introducing charges on certain ownership categories to prevent residential property being held through companies left empty; and
- ensuring Capital Gains Tax is due on gains made by foreign owners who sell residential property here in the UK â€œmuch of which is left emptyâ€ according to the Department of Communities and Local Government.
â€œWe're turning around the housing market and making sure the best use is made of all housing including empty homes. We're very clear that a house should be a home which is why we have taken action to stop homes being bought up and left as an empty investmentâ€ says housing minister Brandon Lewis.
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