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LANDLORDS READY TO BRING EMPTY HOMES BACK INTO USE

LANDLORDS READY TO BRING EMPTY HOMES BACK INTO USE (Renting - House / Flat)

by administrator @, Monday, August 06, 2012, 11:59

The vast majority of private sector landlords are ready and willing to bring currently empty social housing back into use, according to a new survey.

With almost 75,000 social homes lying empty across England, a survey of members of the Residential Landlords Association has revealed that 82% would be prepared to purchase empty social homes that were put up for auction.

Calling on the Government to implement such a policy, RLA Chairman, Alan Ward said: "With the country facing such a housing supply crisis, it is a national disgrace that so many social homes are lying empty whilst families across the country struggle to access suitable accommodation and at a price that they can afford.

"Landlords are chomping at the bit to be able to do what they are good at, namely recycling old property and redeveloping it, boosting overall supply and playing an important part in reviving often deprived and run-down areas. Ministers should urge local authorities and housing associations to ensure all empty properties can be put up for auction to enable them to be brought back into use much more quickly.

"In order to encourage a quick turnaround, a one year deadline should be imposed on the purchaser for the property to be let to encourage swift investment."

www.rla.org.uk


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