The Empty Homes Network has produced Guidelines for monitoring empty homes interventions by local authorities to replace the Code of Guidance on the application of Best Value Performance Indicator 64.
We encourage all local authorities to adopt these and we are lobbying for the information recorded to be included in the annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix return.
Please note that the number of empty homes reported in the Council Tax Base returns and the changes in the numbers of long-term empties reported in relation to the New Homes Bonus cannot be taken to reflect the performance of the local authority in tackling empty homes. Those figures are affected by wider market forces and data inaccuracies over which the local authority has little control.
The latest version of the Guidelines themselves, entitled Guidelines for Monitoring Empty Homes Interventions: A standard approach for local authorities, can be downloaded from our library by following this link.
Note that there are two versions of a template monitoring spreadsheet that accompanies the Guidelines.
The more sophisticated version for full members and subscribers includes a data sheet which, if filled in correctly, automatically populates the summary sheet.
The less sophisticated version, lacking the data sheet from which the summary can be automatically populated, is available to everyone..