Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

11,000 Homes Stand Empty across Region

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

11,000 Homes Stand Empty across Region

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MORE than 11,000 homes across Greater Manchester have been empty for six months or longer, new figures reveal.

It means nearly one in every 100 properties in the region is vacant - a higher rate than the national average.

Bury has the worst problem with long-term unoccupied properties, according to government figures, with 1,050 standing empty at the end of 2016 - one in every 79 homes.

Oldham and Bolton also have particularly high rates of vacant housing, with 1,189 and 1,525 homes empty in each area respectively at the end of 2016.

There is less of a problem in Manchester where 1,365 properties were unoccupied for more than half a year, or one in every 162 homes.

Across England, there were more than 200,000 homes that were empty long-term at the end of 2016 - one in every 119 properties. …

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