Published: 16th Oct 2014

Another day, another story bemoaning Britain’s housing crisis: soaring prices; smaller dwellings; a decline in house building relative to population growth. Let’s not forget the nearly 2 million people on the waiting list for social housing stock shortage fill the headlines, a potential solution lies in wait. That solution is empty property. According to the most recent figures, over 600, 000 properties in the country lie empty; over a third of these for a period of longer than six months. It’s easy to look at this figure aghast and get bogged down in the negatives. After all, there is a horrible irony in the fact that while hundreds of thousands across the country don’t have a room to their name, over half a million potential homes lie vacant. But instead of getting disheartened, why not look to the hundred odd local organisations who are taking advantage of these resources for … (To read the full article, subscribe below)