Statistically, unoccupied buildings in inner city or rural locations are much more likely to be damaged or suffer a serious loss.

A twisted and broken iron spiral staircase.

These losses usually stem from two clear causes:

1. Lack of maintenance or poor building condition

2. Malicious damage.

In this instance, the property was already in a poor condition but then fell subject to an arson attack, causing a loss of several million pounds.

Claims costs had been significantly increased because of its Grade II* listed status.