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14 March 2016

London has more than 22,000 homes that have been empty for at least six months and are considered to be "long-term vacant", The Guardian has reported. 

The Guardian requested information on empty homes from London councils under the Freedom of Information Act. According to the data collected by the Guardian, 8,561 homes have been empty for over two years and 1,100 have been empty for over a decade. 

The number of homes that are actually empty could be higher than what was reflected in the data as there is neither an obligation on homeowners to report empty homes nor an obligation on local authorities to keep a register. Additionally, this data does not include data from Bromley or Westminster Council.

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