Vacant Homes Surge to 3.1 Million in France: A 60% Rise Since 1990

In a recent report by INSEE, France has witnessed a substantial increase in vacant homes, reaching 3.1 million in 2023, comprising 8.2% of the total housing stock, excluding Mayotte. The surge, notably from 2005 onwards, averages an annual increase of 2.5%, outpacing the growth in total homes. Rural areas along the “diagonal of emptiness” are most affected, with exceptions like Corsica and Hérault. Larger urban areas generally exhibit lower vacancy rates. This trend raises concerns for housing access and territorial planning, prompting targeted public policies to address the issue.