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Generation Rent blasts 1.1 million empty homes as overcrowding rises

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing

UK housing slump 'wipes £300 billion' off value of homes UK housing slump 'wipes £300 billion' off value of homes

The Office for National Statistics has found a 25% increase in households with six or more people, and a 25% increase in unoccupied homes from 878,000 to 1.1 million, for the period 2001-2011.

"Today’s statistics confirm that our broken housing market is creating deep divisions in society – wealthy property owners can afford to leave houses to stand empty, while more people who can’t buy are forced to squeeze into overcrowded private renting,” said Dan Wilson Craw, spokesman for Generation Rent. The group campaigns for those priced out of buying a home and locked into an inflexible rental market.

"The government has no hope of reversing this trend with a scheme like Help to Buy," Craw said. "The nation’s renters need better rights in the rental market if they want to live somewhere they can genuinely call home."

The ONS released figures on households in England and Wales 2001-11. Findings included households living in private rented housing increased to 18% in 2011 from 12% in 2001.

The number of households with six or more people has increased by 25% from 433,000 in 2001 to 543,000 in 2011. In London the number increased by nearly a half.

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