EHN news

Empty Homes Network asks Grant Shapps for fair deal with £100Million for empty homes

The Empty Homes Network has written to Grant Shapps asking for the £100million for empty homes announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review in October to be distributed directly to local authorities to boost their empty homes initiatives and support the localism agenda.

The letter also asks for a fair deal for housing association empty homes schemes by putting them on a level playing field with new-build schemes when value-for-money is calculate. You can download the letter from here

Empty Homes: National Commitment, Local Action: the EHN contribution to the empty homes review 2010

This (see file attachment) is the first draft of the Empty Homes Network's contribution to the review of empty homes being conducted by the government. As with last year's National Action Plan proposals (which this effectively replaces) comments of practitioners are welcome and will be taken into account where appropriate.

New local news-story-of-the-week feature on EHN website

Since February full members of EHN and subscribers have been able to access our weekly News Summaries, containing links to the stories featuring empty homes as found on the internet. We pick up a wide range of relevant material, incluidng national and local news stories, blog entries, changes to websites and so on. As of today (24th August 2010), we've introduced a new feature whereby every week we highlight strong local news stories that highlight the impact of empty homes practitioners in helping their communities, as reported in local newspapers.

Transition to Empty Homes Network continues apace

The transition from NAEPP to EHN continues apace with our new domain replacing and the new logo and organisation name appearing in the site banner. You are strongly recommended to update any bookmarks to the new domain name. Similarly, email addresses will now be etc. That said, NAEPP email and web addresses should continue to work for the time being.

Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010 Results

Judging the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd proved to be a difficult business, with some high quality submissions. The panel consisted of Keith Gunner of Southampton City Council, Britain's longest-serving Empty Homes Officer and himself a winner of an Empty Homes Agency Liftetime Achievement award, Nick Hilton of Ad Hoc Property Management, and David Gibbens (NAEPP Secretary).

Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010 - Nominations Received

We've received four nominations for the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd. . The four are:

Graham Everett (Watford Borough Council)

Extract: "A thorough and extremely knowledgeable approach to his work, exploring every option available and persevering through thick and thin."

Steve Habgood, (LB of Bromley):