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Vacant social housing stock in London – Tower Hamlets not too shabby

By on February 14, 2017 in Housing

Data for the amount of vacant social housing stock across London shows that Tower Hamlets has at 2% an average percentage of empty properties with 258 empty out of 11,884 as of 1st November 2016.

Neighbouring Hackney has an average of 3% (600 empty of 22,164) and Newham 1% (155 empty of 15,958).

The Merton average of 13% might seem to be disastrous – but Merton only has 56 social housing properties of which seven are vacant.

Brent has one of the lowest ratios at 0.4% with only 29 of it’s 8,250 properties vacant.

These statistics do not give the full picture across London as they do not include properties owned by Housing Associations.

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A Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson gave LW a reasonably clear explanation of the issues around empty properties:

“We use a number of long-term empty properties pending redevelopment as temporary accommodation and at the last count (1 November) there were a total of 135 long-term Council voids and 155 Registered Provider long term voids in use as temporary accommodation.

Empty properties on the Robin Hood Gardens estate are used by the Council as temporary accommodation for homeless households until vacant possession is required for redevelopment.

Generally we can’t use properties that are likely to be available for less than 18 months. Equally, short term voids capable of being re-let to people on the housing register are not usually made available for use as temporary accommodation.

We use a number of long-term empty properties pending redevelopment as temporary accommodation and at the last count (1 November) there were a total of 135 long-term Council voids and 155 Registered Provider long term voids in use as temporary accommodation.

Empty properties on the Robin Hood Gardens estate are used by the Council as temporary accommodation for homeless households until vacant possession is required for redevelopment.

Generally we can’t use properties that are likely to be available for less than 18 months. Equally, short term voids capable of being re-let to people on the housing register are not usually made available for use as temporary accommodation.”

London Boroughs – Vacant Social Housing Stock

Borough Stock Vacant Percentage
Merton 56 7 13%
Bromley 62 5 8%
Ealing 12,578 897 7%
Enfield 10,257 427 4%
Greenwich 21,836 733 3%
Hackney 22,164 600 3%
Camden 23,197 592 3%
Tower Hamlets 11,884 258 2%
Lewisham 14,559 305 2%
Kingston upon Thames 4,790 88 2%
Westminster 11,841 196 2%
Havering 9,741 157 2%
Southwark 38,522 578 2%
Hounslow 13,080 192 1%
City of London 444 6 1%
Lambeth 23,790 291 1%
Waltham Forest 9,832 118 1%
Newham 15,958 155 1%
Kensington and Chelsea 6,837 60 1%
Harrow 4,856 40 1%
Croydon 13,801 113 1%
Barnet 10,426 72 1%
Hammersmith and Fulham 12,351 84 1%
Wandsworth 16,796 113 1%
Haringey 15,311 103 1%
Islington 25,847 169 1%
Sutton 5,983 36 1%
Barking and Dagenham 18,115 92 1%
Hillingdon 9,918 47 0.5%
Redbridge 4,476 18 0.4%
Brent 8,250 29 0.4%
Bexley 0 0 0
Richmond upon Thames 0 0 0
Average 2%

Data source: DCLG Local authority housing statistics data returns for 2015-2016


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