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Empty council homes cost £6 million in lost rents

Camden urged to 'take responsibility'

21 February, 2020 — By Tom Foot

CAMDEN Council lost more money from void homes last year than any other local authority in the country.

Official local authority housing statistics show that Camden lost £6.1million in rents last year from properties left empty because of a repairs backlog.

Since 2016, more than £14m has been lost in this way, according to the leader of the Conservative group, Oliver Cooper.

He said: “With Camden having the most empty council homes in the country, among the most non-decent council homes in the country, among the highest council rents in the country, and now the most rent lost to voids in the country, Camden needs to take responsibility itself.”


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Labour’s housing chief Councillor Meric Apak said: “Camden currently has 708 empty general needs council homes, but of these 273 form part of the Community Investment Programme [Camden’s regeneration projects] or the Government’s HS2 programme. The remaining 435 homes are the result of regular turnover in the housing stock, some of which are in need of extensive works.”

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