Our Annual Review 2021

                                           Key Points

  • Demand for affordable accommodation highest ever

  • Over 60,000 people applied to become property guardians 

  • Some 260,000 private rental sector homes have been taken out of the accommodation sector

  • More than 600,000 residential and commercial buildings lie empty in the UK

  • The private rental sector UK average monthly rent reaches £1002, in London £1,754 but do not include bills

  • Property Guardians monthly license fees average £600, in London £720 - but most include bills

  • Local authorities and property owners spend £100 millions to secure and repair vacant

       buildings, targeted by vandals, arsonists and squatters

  • Planning regulations designed for long-term residences lasting decades are being applied to temporarily vacant properties, restricting empty premises being put to good use and providing affordable accommodation