Housing solution ‘not just about empty homes’

Bringing empty homes back into use is part of the solution to Britain’s property problems, according to housing charity Shelter.

Director of policy and campaigns for the body Kay Boycott said that more houses
do need to be restored so that those looking for mortgages can find a home.

More money from the government is required to help councils enforce their legal powers to do this, she stated.

However, she continued: “There is no substitute for the government building the urgently needed new affordable housing that the country needs.”

Such a combination of measures could help those looking to take out a homebuyer loan, as this could produce two ways of increasing the stock of low-priced accommodation.

Figures produced by Halifax this month showed that the number of homes in England that had been unoccupied for over a year topped 300,000 last year.

These revealed that the April 2008 total was 303,000, up 24,000 on the number 12 months before.

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