Britain's Housing Stock

In 2021-22, there were 809,000 second homes owned by households in England, an increase of 13% or just under 100,000 homes on 2010-11. source

In 2021, there were 26.4 million dwellings in England and Wales, which has increased by 8.4% since 2011 (24.4 million dwellings). This breaks down to 24.9 million dwellings in England and 1.5 million dwellings in Wales, which have increased from 23.0 million and 1.4 million dwellings respectively in 2011. Source

So second homes are 3.064% of dwellings in the UK

There were an estimated 28.2 million households in the UK in 2022, an increase of 6.1% (1.6 million) since 2012; most (2 in 3) households consist of one family, either a couple family with or without children (57%) or a lone-parent family (10%).

Empty Homes

  • In October 2019, there were 648,114 vacant homes in England alone, increasing 2.2% from the year before.
  • Of that total, 225,845 were deemed long-term empty properties – meaning they had not been occupied for at least six months.

2023 []

Numbers of long-term empty homes rose yet again in 2023 by 12,556 (or 5%) to 261,189.

Long-term empties are now at their highest level since 2011 (excepting 2020's pandemic-related data).

This data shows empties are over 30% higher than when the last National Empty Homes Programme ended in 2015.

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