KEY INSIGHTS

Despite the current housing crisis there are staggering amounts of currently recorded empty houses across England.

  • On the 5th of October 2020 it was recorded that there was a grand total of 743,059 empty houses across England.
  • Out of these unoccupied homes, 410, 905 of them have been empty for a period of under 2 years.
  • Impressively, 262,953 of these unoccupied houses are second homes which are mostly used as ‘holiday homes’.
  • There are 49,037 properties which have been recorded as being empty for a period of 2 to 5 years.
  • Lastly, 20,953 of England’s unoccupied homes have been empty for over five years.
  • Despite the high number of empty houses found across England, the housing crisis remains a prominent issue which requires further addressing.

 

Top 10 Councils with the Highest Number of Graffiti Incidents:

On the 5th of October 2020 it was recorded that there was a grand total of 743,059 empty houses across England.

CouncilEmpty Houses
Cornwall18,621
Camden12,187
Birmingham11,946
Kensington & Chelsea11,491
Leeds10,934
Tower Hamlets10,447
Manchester9,003
Bournemouth, Christchurch& Poole8,884
Bradford8,783
Liverpool8,563

 

 

Top 10 Councils with the Most Empty Houses for the period of under 2 years:

Out of these unoccupied homes, 410, 905 of them have been empty for a period of under 2 years.

CouncilEmpty Houses
Birmingham8,151
Leeds7,995
Liverpool6,784
County Durham5,294
Bradford5,026
Cornwall4,168
Kirklees3,827
Buckinghamshire3,727
Sheffield3,689
Camden3,639

 

 

Top 10 Councils with the most empty second homes:

Impressively, 262,953 of these unoccupied houses are second homes which are mostly used as ‘holiday homes’.

CouncilEmpty Houses
Cornwall13,642
Kensington & Chelsea9,045
Camden8,150
Tower Hamlets7,405
Manchester6,671
Dorset5,750
North Norfold5,349
Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole5,276
Scarborough4,153
East Suffok4,111

 

 

Top 10 Councils with the most empty houses for a period of 2 to 5 years:

There are 49,037 properties which have been recorded as being empty for a period of 2 to 5 years.

CouncilEmpty Houses
Birmingham1,246
Liverpool881
County Durham881
Hyndburn831
Bradford795
Southwark618
Wigan534
Cornwall517
Northumberland215
Sheffield504

 

 

Top 10 Councils with the most empty houses for a period of over 5 years:

Lastly, 20,953 of England’s unoccupied homes have been empty for over five years.

CouncilEmpty Houses
Birmingham599
Kensington & Chelsea542
County Durham467
Liverpool465
Newham438
Bradford395
Sheffield392
Leeds292
Cornwall277
Hackney239

 

 

Our Insight

According to the data we collected from 314 councils across England, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, Structural Repairs have understood that despite the ongoing housing crisis, there are a vast amount of empty properties as of the 5th of October 2020. While the majority of these homes have been empty for a period of under two years, the shortest time frame used to categorise this data set,  the second largest group of unoccupied homes consist of holiday homes. Interestingly enough, the majority of empty second homes are found to be situated along the country’s coast. Further data shows that there are less homes which have been empty for a period of between 2 to 5 years and 5 years and above, than the aforementioned categories of shorter time frames. Even so, Structural Repairs are astounded by the large number of homes which currently sit empty given the housing crisis which is in such dire need of being addressed and resolved.