74 per cent of Britons believe the issue of empty homes should be prioritised by authorities, according to new research conducted by the Halifax and the charity Empty Home Agency according to a report on Propertywire.com

The survey also found that 36 per cent of respondents saw empty properties as a problem in their local area.

In addition the research revealed that 80 per cent of English respondents believe the number of empty properties in England is lower than it actually is.

On average, those surveyed thought there were 377,000 empty properties in England, which compares to a figure 610,000 given by Empty Homes Agency.

Two thirds believed empty properties should be used to get first time buyers on the property ladder, while 34 per cent did not think focussing on empty properties would help alleviate the nation’s housing problems.

The article cites Craig McKinlay, Halifax mortgages director, as saying, “With over 610,000 empty properties in England alone there is a real opportunity to introduce a range of incentives for owners to bring these properties back into use.”

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