On a short street in London’s travel zone one, where residential skyscrapers rise as symbols of the city’s affordable housing crisis, four family homes stand empty. Three are owned by Southwark council, which has 11,000 families on its waiting list for social housing. They have been “voids”, as the council describes them, for more than six months, the government’s definition of long-term empty. No 20 has been empty for more than two and a half years. The fourth house, which can be traced to an Italian commodities trader, has been empty for almost a decade.
They’re going to sell it/them apparently.
But there we have it, empty homes etc. And – agreed, very limited sample – 75% of the problem is councils taking too damn long. Comrade Corby’s plan to nick that one off the Italian isn’t going to be the solution, is it?