Long-term vacant homes now account for £53.6bn of property, analysis finds
New schemes are taking derelict homes and resurrecting them. Some even create apprenticeships for young people in the process
Perks for owners of unused houses, many in areas run by councils facing crisis
Lib Dem research finds just one in 13 councils in England and Wales used powers to take over properties lying empty despite housing crisis and rising homelessness
London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.
New research by Property Partner has revealed that England has 200,145 long-term empty homes worth more than £43bn.
In London alone, there were 19,845 homes sitting idle for over six months in 2016 - that is £9.4billion worth of property, taking into account the average price in London of £474,704.
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