No Use Empty is pleased to be supporting national Empty Homes Week 2021 running from 15-21 February 2021. #EmptyHomesWeek2021
The aim of the week is to highlight Empty Homes and the work we and our district partners in Kent undertake to minimise and reduce the number of long-term empty dwellings.
Over the last 5 years the number of vacant dwellings in Kent has fallen by 15%. In the financial year 2015/16 there were 15,470 vacant dwellings reducing to 12,538 in the financial year 2019/20.
NUE has on average brought back into use 511 long-term empty dwellings each year over the last 5 years, as expressed in the table below.
|Financial Year||Long Term Empty Dwellings Back Into Use|
Long -term empty dwellings are those that have been unoccupied for six months or more.
We have currently recorded 334 long term empty dwellings back into use during 20/21. This figure is expected to increase when data for the period January 2021 to March 2021 is verified.
Empty Homes are a wasted resource for the community in times of high cost and pressure on both the local rental and sale markets. Empty homes can encourage littering, fly tipping, anti-social behaviour and detrimentally affect the street scene in their area.
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