(Note: for further information or to upgrade your existing membership contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
How do I join?
You join by creating an account for yourself on the website . Click the little green Join link (to the right of the the login box). Or click here. Please read the instructions on the account set-up screen carefully before entering your data.
Membership is open to a wide range of people who are actively engaged with tackling empty homes as part of their jobs.
Many of our members work for local authorities on private sector housing issues or as strategy or enabling officers. We also welcome into our membership
- people working for housing associations or for regeneration companies
- employees of small not-for-profit and community organisations engaged in empty homes work
- professionals such as solicitors and accountants
- private businesses involved in dealing with empty homes.
If you are not sure about your eligibility then please email us first.
But even if you are not eligible for Membership you can still get most of the benefits of Membership by beocming a Subscriber.
You can become a Subscriber to the Empty Homes Network for £95 per annum. You do not need to be an empty property practitioner. This gives you access to everything in our Information Library (otherwise only available to full paying members of EHN) and you will receive Newsletters and notifications of updates to the site. You will not be a member of the Network and therefore will not have voting rights. For a brief summary, refer to the flyer in our library.
Types of Membership
Corporate Membership is appropriate for most organisations .
Any employee of the sponsoring organisation can become a Corporate Member within the single annual fee. So one fee, many members. Fees are currently £95 for local authorites, £135 for housing associatiions, £55 for small, charitable voluntary organisations.
Collective Membership is available where a group of local authorities in a recognised Empty Homes Forum (of at least 5 authorities) has got together to join collectively. This offers the same benefits as Corporate Membership but at a discounted rate. A rate for the whole forum is calculated based on £75 each for unitary authority and £60 each for distrcts. We seek an arrangement, if at all possible, whereby there is one invoice for the whole forum.
Associate Membership is currently free, but see below for the limitations of this. Only employees of local authorities or small not-for-profit organisations can join as Associate Members.
Individual Membership is only available to sole traders and attracts a discounted fee (currently £35 per annum).
Student Membership is for students who are involved in full-time education on study projects involving empty homes.
Benefits of Full Membership
The benefits of full membership (ie Corporate/Collective/Individual - but not Associate membership) can be enjoyed by all the employees of the sponsoring organisation, who
- can benefit from discounts on the Empty Homes Network Conference and any EHN-sponsored training events
- have access to the entire Information Library and any other services restricted to Corporate Members
- have full voting rights on all issues (one vote per paid-up membership)
Full corporate membership ensures that the Empty Homes Network will be able to deliver the maximum benefit to all members. EHN cannot easily develop resources such as this website without the financial backing that full membership brings.
If you work for a local authority, full membership also identifies your local authority as being actively involved in empty property work. Following the 2010 election, the Coalition government has made it clear that tackling empty homes remains an important government priority: corporate membership of EHN illustrates your authority's commitment to having an effective empty property strategy by equipping your staff with the best resources available.
Free Associate Membership
NB: Associate Membership is only available to local authority staff. This is because arbitrary budget restrictions mean that empty homes staff in some local authorties are prevented from paying.
You can access discussion forums and other selected pages on this website. You can participate in some of the affairs of eg feeding into EHN consultation responses.
However Associate Members
- can't access Premium content including our Practioner Guides, specialist pages and older content
- don't qualify for discounts at EHN events such as our Annual Conferences
- don't qualify for discounts when attending Empty Homes Training Ltd. courses
- are not eligible for our Letter-of-the-month awards
- can't vote in EHN democratic processes or stand for Execuitive positions
What about payment?
Fees are calculated at so much per quarter plus £15 admin fee. So, for example, the full Corporate fee of £95 is calculated as £20 per quarter plus £15 admin fee. Membership years run April to March.
However, you cannot join for part years. So if you want to join in the middle of the year you either have to pay the full-year amount or pay through to the end of he following year (in which case you save on the admin fee as this will be charged at £15 no matter how many quarters you join for).