Just nine seizure applications for long-term vacant homes in England in 2016.
Bids by councils to seize empty homes are at record lows across England despite the housing crisis, research by independent estate agency James Pendleton has revealed.
The resulting figures reveal just nine seizure applications for long-term vacant homes in England in 2016.
This is despite Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) data showing there were 200,145 long-term vacant properties across the country last year.
Long-term vacant properties are those that have been empty for at least six months. Councils have the power to apply to seize those that have sat empty for two years under legislation that took effect in 2006.