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2019 Conference Main Sponsor Announced

The Empty Homes Network are pleased to announce this year’s Conference main sponsor as Auction House UK

Operating from 40 auction rooms across England, Scotland and Wales, Auction House believe in selling properties at local, regional and national levels in order to achieve the best results for their clients.

Holding in excess of 200 auctions and selling over 3700 properties a year, Auction House boasts a comprehensive network of auctioneers and valuers with years of experience in the field, as well as having won countless awards including Best Auctioneer, Residential Auction House of the Year and Best Franchise. 

Announcing their support for the Conference this year, Bryan Baxter, Founding Director and Auctioneer, said: 

2019 Conference Line-up - Updated

Planning and preparation is well under way for the National Empty Homes Conference, to be held in Birmingham on Wednesday 25th September, 2019.

As always, a strong and varied speaker line-up includes presentations from:

- Kerrie Eastman; Streets2Homes & Harlow Council

Using Council owned empty properties to help homelessness

Highlighting the successes of their recent project in collaboration with Harlow Council, Kerrie discusses how Streets2Homes has been influential in bringing back into use two Council owned properties, to help house nine rough sleepers.

- Brighid Carey; Action on Empty Homes

Community Based Projects: Research Findings

Brigid presents a summary of Action on Empty Homes’ findings into their research of six community-based initiatives, released earlier in the year, and how this aims to shape and develop their approach and policy going forward.

- Martin Ellerby; PlaceFirst

Conference Date Announced!

The date for this year's National Empty Homes Conference has been announced, and will be held on Wednesday 25th September, 2019.

Held to coincide with Action on Empty Homes' Empty Homes Week, the Conference will again be held at etcVenues in Birmingham.

For more information on Speakers, Sponsorship Opportunities and to book your place, visit our dedicated webpage here.

Action on Empty Homes launches 'Community Action on Empty Homes' report

Action on Empty Homes (formerly The Empty Homes Agency), has launched its report entitled 'Community Action on Empty Homes', outlining its findings of a three-year study of 6 community led projects. 

Whilst outlining the fantastic work done by these community groups, the report also issues a call to action on Local Authorities, Central Government, Funding Partners and Housing Associations to do more with the tools and resources available, to return more empty homes to use across the Country.

Commenting on the release, Director of Action on Empty Homes Will McMahon said:

There are positive and valuable lessons in this report of interest to all those who are concerned with tackling the waste of empty homes across the country. We want to encourage the creation of more community-based partnerships, to bring empty homes into use for local people and through doing so to help address the persistent underlying issues that keep people locked into poor housing and locked out of a safe, secure and affordable home.

'Rising Star' Award 2018 - Winner

A newly created award for the 2018 Conference, The Rising Star Award was sponsored by Orbis Protect (www.orbisprotect.com)who specialise in the protection and management of empty property and buildings. 

This year’s winner of the Rising Star Award was Tom Davies of Thant District Council.

The aim of this award was to focus on the successes of practitioners who had made significant contributions in their roles, albeit in a short period of time. Tom, whose willingness to learn and impressive early experience in pursuing enforcement action, not only impressed the judging panel, but showed that the correct use of enforcement powers can bear fruit, at any stage of your empty homes career.

Tom’s enthusiasm and ability to transfer skills from his previous role as an estate agent has proved fruitful in the role of empty homes practitioner, and this was thoroughly demonstrated through the award nomination submission.

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Projects and Empty Homes Officers sought for the BBC's Empty Housing Scandal, Series 2

Production company TwoFour are seeking Empty Homes Projects and Officers for a second series of their successful BBC1 Series, The Empty Housing Scandal.

After producing a very popular 5 episode series highlighting both the scale of the problem, as well as the incredible work done by officers up and down the Country, TwoFour have been commissioned to produce a second series, this time running for 10 episodes.

Steve Grogan, of TwoFour:

BBC - The Empty Housing Scandal

Last chance for Expressions of Interest for delivery of EHN support role

We have received an informal Expression of Interest from an individual about taking on the entire support role for EHN (as undertaken by David Gibbens over the last few years). We believe this is likely to produce a deliverable offer.

If anyone else is interested, in the first instance you should register an informal Expression of Interest by 28th December by contacting David Gibbens – message 07528 312932 with your contact details or email him at secretary@ehnetwork.org.uk.