” One in every 11 houses is a second home in South Hams”

With a knock-on effect across Devon on those locals desperate for local housing.

“One in every 11 residential properties in part of Devon is an unoccupied second home, new analysis has revealed.

Official government figures show that 3,896 dwellings in the South Hams area were classed as “second homes” for council tax purposes as of October 2017.

This means that while they are unoccupied for most of the time, they are fully furnished and so aren’t officially considered “empty homes”, even though no one permanently lives there. …”