Empty Homes in Context
Eden District Council has a population of 51,800 persons and a housing stock of 25,220. There are 392 houses registered with our Council Tax Department as having been empty for 6 months or more. This is some 1.6% of our housing stock.
Properties that have been empty for 6 months or more are classed as 'long term empty properties'. The counting of these properties provides a standard for nationwide comparison.
When viewing the figures below, please bear in mind
- The statistics are based on information given to our Council Tax section
- Some people do not register their empty properties with the Council and so it can be assumed that in reality the number of long term empty properties is higher.
- In the main the empty property scene is fast moving but there are notorious houses that have been empty for a considerable number of years
Empty Homes Trends
There has been a steady increase in the number of empty homes since 2005. Our housing stock has been increasing during this period. As we have been building new homes more houses have been becoming empty. The table and graph below illustrates this.
Empty properties by parish in Eden
In August 2010 we hit a high of having 427 empty properties in Eden. The graph below shows which parishes they are located in. You can see that most of the properties were concentrated in our largest villages and towns.