Empty homes – why worry?
In Trafford there are currently approximately 1,188 homes that have been vacant for more than six months. Nationally, housing waiting lists have reached all time high. Official projections estimate some 3.8 million new households will require accommodation by 2016. Whilst such figures illustrate the scale of the problem, they do not convey the impact in human terms when families are living in unsuitable and overcrowded conditions.
Empty homes contribute significant harm to local communities by:
- Depressing the market affecting the sustainability of the neighbourhood making it undesirable to live in
- Reducing the value of neighbouring properties by approximately 10%
- Encouraging anti-social behaviour such as criminal damage, vandalism, arson and squatting. It may even become a base for drug dealing