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Tiffany Cloynes examines some of the legal issues with moving social housing tenants into empty private homes, as proposed by one London council.
The MoD has been accused of denying families a home after leaving dozens of houses unoccupied and falling into disrepair.
Council leaders have called for the power to double the amount of council tax on homes that have been left empty between two and five years.
Councils will be allowed to double the rate of council tax on long-term empty properties under new legislation announced today.
More than 11,000 homes have stood empty for at least 10 years, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats.
A local partnership including Sunderland council has launched a £1m project to improve rented housing in part of the city and bring more empty properties back into use as family homes.
Norfolk County Council is set to turn empty properties into homes for care leavers in a bid to improve services for vulnerable young people.
Local authorities are holding onto over 23,000 vacant residential properties - an average of 87 per council - new research reveals.
Councils in London own 22,000 empty garages that could be freed up to deliver at least 16,000 homes, according to new research.
Homes left empty long-term in Newport would be taxed at double the normal rate under plans being considered by the city council.