EHN news

Big discount for EHN Full Members on enforcement trainng day

Big discounts are available for EHN Full Members attending the Enforcement Options training day run by Andrew Lavender in St. Albans on the 29th April.

Whilst the normal price is £145 plus VAT, our Full Members can attend for just £110 plus VAT. This follows in the footsteps of Chris Skinner, whose CPO course last year also offered substantial discounts to our Full Members.

Empty Homes Awards 2014 submissions

Empty Homes Awards 2014 open for entries

Every year we present awards to recognise excellence in empty homes work at our Annual Conference at a ceremony sponsored by Grafton UK Ltd.

This year, we’re pleased to announce the opportunity to win two new awards, one for partnerships between local authorities and community groups, the other for partnerships between local authorities and housing associations.

EHN publishes New Homes Bonus Practitioner Guide

The Empty Homes Network has now published an updated Practitioner Guide to the New Homes Bonus.

The last document published on this subject was the Guide produced during the Consultation period back in 2010. The new 38-page Guide has been substantially rewritten thanks to support from Plymouth City Council and South West Councils. Cllr. Mark Lowry of PCC has contributed a Foreword.

The new Guide should answer most pracititoner questions about the scheme and includes a summary with highlights and recommendations.

EHN Good Practice Standards launched

With George Clark's Ten Point Plan for Regeneration featuring in the government's £91million funding announcement at the end of June, it seems apt for EHN to launch its own Good Practice Standards.

These standards have led a shadowy existence previously in appendices to other documents. They were previously known as Minimum Standards but Plymouth City Council, who have endorsed the standards, wanted to project a more positive message, a welcome piece of input from a progressive authority.

Buy-to-Let lenders welcome input from EHN reps

Mark Fisher (left) and Darryl Lawrence (right) both made presentations at a recent Council of Mortgage Lenders Buy-to-Let Conference, as a part of a project being led by Mark to highlight the advantages to lenders of leasing schemes and to challenge some of the barriers that social housing providers and community groups were facing getting lender approval for owners to put their properties into them.

Mark reports as follows: