In September 2015 the number of void properties was less than 200 for the first time since management of the stock have been with Northampton Partnership Homes
It comes as figures show the average number of empty properties each month has also raised from 146 in 2012 to 223 in 2015.
Norman Adams – November 2015
In April 2015 the first question asked by Northampton Defend Council Housing
Question put to Mike Kay, Chief Executive Northampton Partnership Homes
Norman Adams asked, “When do they expect to get back to 2012 levels of void properties?
Norman Adams had recently criticised the Council for having over 230 properties across the borough lying ‘void’ at a revenue loss of over £1 million.
It comes as figures show the average number of empty properties each month has also raised from 146 in 2012 to 246 in 2014.
Northampton Partnership Homes says that some of the properties are empty because they are part of major renovation projects, which means they often cannot be used.
But chair of Northampton Defend Council Housing, Norman Adams, said it was “simply wrong” that so many homes were standing empty while people “desperately needed a roof over their head”.
Mr Adams added: “Let’s not forget, as the Government admits, bringing empty homes back in to use alone is not enough to solve the housing crisis.
“The Government and this Council also needs to focus on getting our construction sector going and in my opinion stop Right to Buy which as failed to build ANY of the replacements promised
Mr Adams said we are now told that our Decent Homes programme will finish in October, and then the normal excuse used of “It can sometimes make more sense for the home to be empty while works are undertaken so as not to inconvenience the tenant.” Will be past its sell by date
One of the questions I will be asking them is when do they expect to get back to 2012 levels of void properties?
Norman Adams – April 2015