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Reading’s Empty Homes

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Sell My House Quickly found another interesting article about Reading’s Empty Homes. Reading now has over 2,000 empty homes – and the numbers keep rising. At least one home hasn’t been used in 23 years.

The number of homes sitting empty in Reading has increased by more than 400 in the last year.

Reading's Empty Homes | Reading now has over 2,000 empty homes - and the numbers keep rising.In 2020 there were 1,711 homes going unused in the town. There are now 2,113. There are also more long-term empty homes – properties empty for more than six months – compared to in 2019. This has gone up from 571 to 612.

Of these homes, 334 have been empty for between six and 12 months, 128 for between one and two years and 150 for more than two years.

A freedom of information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Scheme has revealed the latest situation, as of December 10, 2020. A large proportion of the long-term empty homes are in Whitley and Abbey.

It was revealed in March 2020 one property has been empty for 23 years, and that still remains the case.

Reading Borough Council approved a new empty homes strategy last year, aiming to improve neighbourhoods, maximise use of existing homes and solve problems for owners “paralysed by indecision”.

The effect empty homes have on communities

The council receives more than 100 empty homes complaints a year, with concerns including the unsightliness of derelict homes, fly-tipping, vandalism, damage to neighbouring property, squatters and fire-setting.

Bringing long-term empty homes back into use can also help to tackle homelessness and meet housing demand.

In 2020, there are 2,846 people on the council’s housing register waiting for a home, according to government data.

We found this article about Reading’s Empty Homes on BerkshireLive.  Kindly click the link to read the full story.

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