Figures claim there are more than 800 empty homes in Barking and Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 14:00 07 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 07 June 2018
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There are more than 800 homes in Barking and Dagenham are sitting empty, according to the latest government data.
Figures released last week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government claim that more than 100 of those properties have been left unoccupied for at least six months.
In October last year, when the most recent count was taken, there were 822 vacant homes in Barking and Dagenham. Of those, 115 were classed as long-term vacancies, meaning that they had been unoccupied for at least six months.
In 2008, when the number of vacant properties peaked nationwide, there were 1,650 in the borough.
A government spokesman said: “We are equipping councils with tools they need to tackle the issue head on, such as bringing forward legislation that will allow them to double the rate of council tax on those homes left empty for two years or longer.”
Neighbouring Newham is claimed to have 1,709 empty homes.
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