Nearly 280,000 properties are sitting around unused in England, Wales and Scotland says a leading home insurer.
More empty homes in the countryside in Scotland could be returned to use if greater policy flexibility was available to recognise the unique circumstances of rural areas, it is claimed.
Last week Debenhams named 22 of the 50 stores it plans to close as part of a plan by new owners to revive the department store chain.
But what will happen to all that empty retail space?
The number of empty homes across England has risen for the second consecutive year to 216,000, the highest level since 2012, according to official figures.
Long-term vacant homes now account for £53.6bn of property, analysis finds
New schemes are taking derelict homes and resurrecting them. Some even create apprenticeships for young people in the process
Perks for owners of unused houses, many in areas run by councils facing crisis
Lib Dem research finds just one in 13 councils in England and Wales used powers to take over properties lying empty despite housing crisis and rising homelessness
London's commuter belt has seen a spike in the number of homes left long-term empty despite a downward trend across the UK since 2010.
New research by Property Partner has revealed that England has 200,145 long-term empty homes worth more than £43bn.
In London alone, there were 19,845 homes sitting idle for over six months in 2016 - that is £9.4billion worth of property, taking into account the average price in London of £474,704.
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