Non-year round occupied housing (5) Empty homes UK

Empty Homes UK is a British charity that wants to contribute to the reuse of vacant homes, starting with an appraisal of the data about the issue and the proposal of a right to demand the reuse of real estate assets that are not being used (not through squatting, but following and orderly procedure subject to legal guarantee).

The organization estimates there are some 700.000 empty homes in the UK, a vacancy rate around 3% (the analysis of fiscal data can lead to an underestimation of that figure), and 1,7 million families in waiting lists for a decent home. As the home construction rate is quite low now, the renovation of vacant housing units (with an average cost of 10.000 pounds per unit) seems a good way to improve energy efficiency and to tackle climate change.

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