July 30, 2021

640,000 homes lie empty in England, here are the areas where they’re located

There are currently a shocking 640,000 empty homes in England, which account for 2.65% of all houses. But where in the country are the most houses sitting vacant?

Coulters have conducted research using Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data to discover the areas with the highest percentage of vacant homes and reveal the UK’s Empty Home Hotspots.

The UK’s Top 10 Empty Home Hotspots

1. Blackpool with 5.47% properties vacant
2. Burnley with 5.09% properties vacant
3. City of London with 4.78% properties vacant
4. Barrow-in-Furness with 4.70% properties vacant
4. Hartlepool with 4.70% properties vacant
6. Liverpool with 4.67% properties vacant
7. Southwark with 4.63% properties vacant
8. Hyndburn with 4.50% properties vacant
9. Blackburn with Darwen with 4.43% properties vacant
10. Fylde with 4.40% properties vacant

The majority of areas with the highest percentage of empty homes are found in the North West, with Blackpool having a higher rate of empty properties than anywhere else.
Half of the top ten empty home hotspots are located by the coast (Blackpool, Barrow-in-Furness, Hartlepool, Liverpool, and Fylde).

At the other end of the scale, some areas had as little as 1% of properties lying empty.

The UK’s Top 10 Most Occupied Homes Hotspots

1. Corby with 0.45% properties vacant
2. Wandsworth with 0.54% properties vacant
3. Hammersmith and Fulham with 0.74% properties vacant
4. Westminster with 0.79% properties vacant
5. Daventry with 1.08% properties vacant
6. Barking and Dagenham with 1.21% properties vacant
7. Solihull with 1.30% properties vacant
8. Lambeth with 1.31% properties vacant
9. Herefordshire with 1.32% properties vacant
10. Brent with 1.38% properties vacant

Corby, Northamptonshire has the lowest percentage of vacant dwellings, with other areas in the Midlands, such as Daventry, Solihull and Herefordshire, in the top ten.
The majority of the areas with the lowest proportion of empty houses were found in London.

The research also reveals the areas where empty homes are on the rise and where empty homes are declining. You can view the findings in full here https://www.coultersproperty.co.uk/no-one-home