York among best in country for number of empty homes

York among best in country for number of empty homes

York among best in country for number of empty homes

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YORK is amongst the best areas in the country for the number of homes standing empty, according to new national figures.

The City of York Council area ranks third in a survey of English local authorities by campaigning charity the Empty Homes Agency, with just 159 homes - or 0.19 percent of properties in the city - standing empty in the long term.

The city is the only northern area to feature in the top 20 local authorities according to the figures, and is outdone by only the Isles of Scilly and Crawley Borough Council.

And the figures - which are taken from council tax registers - show that in the year up to October 2013 the number of empty properties in the city fell by 10.

The charity's Chief Executive Helen Williams said: "Great strides have been made in reducing the number of homes that remain empty, but in some areas the numbers are on the rise again and with around one and a half million households on council waiting lists we cannot afford to take our eye off tackling the national waste of empty homes.

"The housing crisis looks set to be a key battle ground in next year’s general election and we hope that all political parties compete to come up with creative initiatives to tackle empty homes, otherwise we risk a slide back to the bad old days when we were reporting that long-term empty homes topped 300,000.”

City of York Council employ an Empty Property officer to help owners bring their properties back into use, and an Empty Property Strategy. It also maintains its own list of long term empty properties that may not show up on the official council tax register statistics.

Elsewhere in North and East Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire has just under 2,000 homes or 1.3 percent of properties empty, while Selby has just 296 homes or 0.81 percent - a fall of 201 homes in the year up to October 2013.

In Ryedale, the number of empty homes fell by 49 in the year between October 2012 and October 2013, to 280 or 1.15 percent of the district's housing stock.

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12:05pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BL2 says...

"Reported or Recorder" empty homes. Not Actual. It's just like Police statistics (or any in fact).
"Reported or Recorder" empty homes. Not Actual. It's just like Police statistics (or any in fact). BL2
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1:47pm Wed 4 Jun 14

meme says...

its because York is where people want to live etc and we don't have any really bad areas because, generally, as an area we are very nice to live in.....Before everyone says ''what about such and such an area?'' Well compared with most northern cities we don't know what deprivation really is...thank God and that's because of tourism and our historic nature
of course we have problems but small compared to most areas and we don't have sink estates which no one wants to live in which distorts the figures elsewhere.
Even this Council cannot destroy York's innate attractions but of course a very low empty housing stock means big demand and therefore high prices/rents. so what's good one way is bad another!
its because York is where people want to live etc and we don't have any really bad areas because, generally, as an area we are very nice to live in.....Before everyone says ''what about such and such an area?'' Well compared with most northern cities we don't know what deprivation really is...thank God and that's because of tourism and our historic nature of course we have problems but small compared to most areas and we don't have sink estates which no one wants to live in which distorts the figures elsewhere. Even this Council cannot destroy York's innate attractions but of course a very low empty housing stock means big demand and therefore high prices/rents. so what's good one way is bad another! meme
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5:15pm Wed 4 Jun 14

piemagico says...

meme wrote:
its because York is where people want to live etc and we don't have any really bad areas because, generally, as an area we are very nice to live in.....Before everyone says ''what about such and such an area?'' Well compared with most northern cities we don't know what deprivation really is...thank God and that's because of tourism and our historic nature
of course we have problems but small compared to most areas and we don't have sink estates which no one wants to live in which distorts the figures elsewhere.
Even this Council cannot destroy York's innate attractions but of course a very low empty housing stock means big demand and therefore high prices/rents. so what's good one way is bad another!
Good points meme.

One thing I would say though is that it's not just bad areas that have high proportions of empty homes - as evidenced by the Ryedale stats mentioned in the article. And Kensington & Chelsea in London has ten times the rate of empty homes as York. Thankfully we in York are not beset by speculators sitting on homes and hoping they'll increase in value.
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: its because York is where people want to live etc and we don't have any really bad areas because, generally, as an area we are very nice to live in.....Before everyone says ''what about such and such an area?'' Well compared with most northern cities we don't know what deprivation really is...thank God and that's because of tourism and our historic nature of course we have problems but small compared to most areas and we don't have sink estates which no one wants to live in which distorts the figures elsewhere. Even this Council cannot destroy York's innate attractions but of course a very low empty housing stock means big demand and therefore high prices/rents. so what's good one way is bad another![/p][/quote]Good points meme. One thing I would say though is that it's not just bad areas that have high proportions of empty homes - as evidenced by the Ryedale stats mentioned in the article. And Kensington & Chelsea in London has ten times the rate of empty homes as York. Thankfully we in York are not beset by speculators sitting on homes and hoping they'll increase in value. piemagico
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