Metadata

Indicator code
H.1.4
Indicator name

Vacant dwellings

Geographical coverage

UK

Unit of measurement

Number

Comparability

Not comparable due to differing methods for recording vacant dwellings, and due to different time periods.

Footnote (FULL)

Each country records vacancies differently. Data for Wales reflects social housing vacancies only. For more information, please see source information below.

Associated sources
H.1.4.4
H.1.4.3
H.1.4.2
H.1.4.1

Sources

H.1.4.1
Measure

Number of vacant dwellings

Source

All Vacant Dwellings by Local Authority District

Organisation

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Geographical coverage

England

Time period

2009 - 2018

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

2004

Link to data source
Other information

Data for council tax base purposes are not taken on the same date every year and can vary slightly from year to year. It now has to be taken on the first Monday in October and this is consistent each year (the date to which figures relate to). Up until April 2013 dwellings undergoing major structural repairs for up to 12 months and those vacant for less than 6 months were eligible for a council tax exemption (Class A and C respectively). In April 2013 these exemptions were replaced with a new flexible discount which applied to all empty properties. Local authorities are now entitled to apply any level of discount from 0% to 100% to all empty properties. Where local authorities award zero discounts for empty properties there is less incentive for owners to report their property as empty. This could have led to some under reporting of some empty properties.

H.1.4.2
Measure

Number of vacant dwellings

Source

Housing Statistics for Scotland - Key Information and Summary Tables

Organisation

Scottish Government

Geographical coverage

Scotland

Time period

2009 - 2018

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

2001

Link to data source
Other information

Socially rented figures include occupied and vacant dwellings as the tenure of socially rented stock is not dependant on the dwelling being occupied.Please note that the following revisions have been made to the National Records of Scotland dwelling count, occupied and vacant dwellings figures for 30 June, from which these figures have been derived.Figures are rounded to the neartest thousand.

H.1.4.3
Measure

Number of vacant dwellings

Source

Vacancies by Year, Provider Type, Duration and Availability

Organisation

Welsh Government

Geographical coverage

Wales

Time period

2008/09 - 2017/18

Frequency

Annual

Earliest available data

1996/97

Link to data source
Other information

The information covers the number of vacancies within housing stock held by Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords. The information is collected via new annual returns from Welsh social landlords in order to monitor trends over time in the proportion of housing stock which is vacant. Vacant dwellings includes:1. Dwellings undergoing or awaiting major capital works repair, conversion or improvement;2. Vacant dwellings that have formal approval for sale or demolition only if they are still part of HRA (Housing Revenue Account) dwellings;3. All vacant dwellings to be sold whether awaiting sale or undergoing repair prior to being sold; 4. Vacant dwellings subject to demolition or closing orders or acquired for demolition under Part VI or IX of the Housing Act 1985. The information excludes vacant dwellings where an offer of tenancy has been accepted even if no rent is being paid at the end of the financial year.

H.1.4.4
Measure

Number of vacant dwellings

Source

Northern Ireland Housing Condition Survey

Organisation

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Contact details
Geographical coverage

Northern Ireland

Time period

2006, 2009, 2011 and 2016

Frequency

Sporadic timeline

Earliest available data

2006

Link to data source
Other information

n/a

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