Number of vacant homes across Scarborough borough fell by almost 15% in 2019

The number of vacant homes across the Scarborough borough fell by almost 15% in 2019, new figures have revealed.

By Carl Gavaghan, Local Democracy Reporting Service
Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 12:26 pm
Updated Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 12:26 pm
Stock image. JPI Media
Stock image. JPI Media

The area bucked the national trend after the government’s empty homes data showed the total number of long-term vacant residential properties in England had grown for the third year running.

The number of long-term vacant properties rose 4.5% to 225,845 in 12 months to October 2019 according to the latest Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government figures, following a 5.3% rise in 2018 and a 2.6% climb in 2017.

In Scarborough, the number of long-term vacant homes – those that have been empty for at least six months – fell to 716 from 851 in 2018. The reduction is among the 30 highest in the country.

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The top three worst offenders with the highest overall number of long-term vacant homes in the country remained unchanged on last year.

Birmingham is first with 4,575 — a significant 6.8% rise on the previous year, followed by Durham with 4,209 and Bradford with 4,040.

Across England, long-term vacant homes are worth a collective £56.8bn.