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Government should encourage reuse of empty homes says Halifax

More than 90 per cent of people want the Government to actively reduce the number of empty houses in the UK, according to the latest Halifax survey.

The report shows nine out of ten people surveyed (91 per cent) want to see the number of empty homes reduced and 82 per cent want the Government to establish a housing market renewal fund to help with repairing empty or uninhabitable properties.

Halifax head of mortgages Phil Jenks says: “Re-introducing empty homes into the UK housing stock is certainly part of a solution to address the current shortage of housing – predicted to be a chronic shortfall of some 500,000 homes by the year 2020.”

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