Too many homes in York remain empty

05/09/2012

New reports, obtained from City Of York council have revealed that more than 1,000 homes in York are empty, with 734 remaining unoccupied for at least six months.

Whilst one private house has been empty for 15 years, a housing association property has been empty for over three years.

Campbell Robb, Chief executive of the housing charity shelter express his concerns about the situation adding, “With homelessness rising and millions priced out of the housing market, it is simply wrong that homes stand empty while people across the country are desperately in need of a roof over their head.”

In an interview, Robb added that in addition to bringing empty homes back into use, the Government also needed to do more to accelerate the building of new homes in York and around the UK.

James Alexander, from York City Council responded by saying that the administration was committed to addressing the problem by making better use of every empty property in the City.

He added, “The council has no long-term empty properties and only a small number of empty properties at any given time, which is always the case due to the period required for changeover of tenancies. But with probate, those in prison and natural turnover in the housing market, there will always be some empty properties. The key for us is addressing those empty beyond six months that we can influence, which is exactly what we are doing.”

As a result of public concerns at that time, when Labour were in government four years ago, the council was called upon to use new legislation to take control of empty housing to ease the problem in York.

One of the problems with homes that are empty is that they often run into disrepair as nobody is undertaking regular maintenance on the property. When not maintained, things such as garage doors, windows, roofs and doors often start to break, homes experience damp and condensation problems, whilst gardens become overgrown. Empty homes can therefore become unsightly over time.

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