In a report published by the BBC, 276 local councils stated there are more than 216,000 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more.
The report also revealed 11,000 have been empty for 10 years or more.
Durham had the most empty homes (6,500) followed by Leeds (5,724), Bradford (4,144), Cornwall (3,273) and Liverpool (3,093).
The data - obtained through a Freedom of Information request - also reveals only one in 13 councils is making use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders.
EDMOs allow councils in England and Wales to take over residential properties that have been empty for six months or more.
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