Almost 23 thousand homes in Wales have sat empty for more than six months.
Wales has the highest proportion of empty homes in the UK with more than 20 in every thousand unoccupied for more than six months.
Admiral combined government figures with freedom of information requests to local councils, and unveiled where the empty homes crisis is most severe.
Carmarthenshire has the highest proportion of vacant homes in Wales, with 30.5 in every 1,000 homes laying empty for at least six months.
Welsh councils with the most long-term vacant homes:
- Carmarthenshire 30.5 in 1,000 homes sit empty
- Rhondda Cynon Taf: 29.2
- Ceredigion: 29
- Pembrokeshire: 28
- Powys: 28
- Blaenau Gwent: 27.2
- Isle ofAnglesey: 23.3
- Swansea: 23.1
- Bridgend: 22.2
- Newport: 19.3
- Gwynedd: 17.3
- Monmouthshire: 16.4
- Caerphilly: 12.4
- Vale of Glamorgan: 12
- Cardiff: 9.5
- Torfaen: 5.9
- Wrexham: 4.6
Earlier this year a Welsh government committee conducted a survey on empty properties.
More than 60% of people who responded agreed that the physical appearance of empty properties were ‘a blight on the community’ and over 70% thought local authorities needed more powers to deal with the problem.