PRS landlords 'ready to buy empty social homes'
The vast majority of private sector landlords are ready and willing to bring currently empty social housing back into use, according to a new survey.
A survey of 114 members of the Residential Landlords Association has revealed that 82 per cent would be prepared to purchase empty social homes if they were put up for auction.
There are almost 75,000 social homes currently lying empty across England.
Alan Ward, chair of the RLA, said: ‘With the country facing such a housing supply crisis, it is a national disgrace that so many social homes are lying empty whilst families across the country struggle to access suitable accommodation and at a price that they can afford.
‘Landlords are chomping at the bit to be able to do what they are good at, namely recycling old property and redeveloping it, boosting overall supply and playing an important part in reviving often deprived and run-down areas. Ministers should urge local authorities and housing associations to ensure all empty properties can be put up for auction to enable them to be brought back into use much more quickly.’
The RLA suggested that a one-year deadline should be imposed on the purchaser to ensure a swift turnaround.