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London's empty luxury homes become election issue

Politicians urge penalty as more than 460,000 UK homes lie vacant

A general view of Milner Square in Islington, north London. Islington is consulting on plans to make it a legal requirement that owners use or lease apartments.


PETER Rees' attempts to form a residents association after moving into the City of London's Heron apartment tower were hampered by one major obstacle: he couldn't find many of his neighbours.

"We discovered just how difficult it was to trace owners who hadn't been near their

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