The second award featured in our series about the Empty Homes Awards 2014 presented at our Conference in Birmingham in May is that for Most Innovative Intervention. This award was newly introduced last year by sponsor Carson Millican, trading as Empty Property Solutions Ltd (contactable by email).
We have been approached by television production company Keo Films to try and source a serious pest problem and a serious pest officer - who, it seems, has to be female. (The pests can be any gender as far as we know, although we hear they're normally male).
The Empty Homes Awards 2014 attracted a wide range of impressive submissions. The Awards were presented at a ceremony sponsored by Grafton UK Ltd. at the Empty Homes Conference 2014 and over the coming weeks we look forward to highlighting the details of winning submissions on our website.
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 open for entries
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.
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.
Please contribute to DCLG's research on our powers to deal with derelict buildings and land.
CLG officials have recently heard local authorities raise concerns about barriers to delivery of the HCA's Empty Homes Programme and are keen to find out more so that action can be taken if appropriate.
Getting to a clear enough picture of what the barriers really are has, however, proved difficult.
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.
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: