EHN news

Conference line-up confirmed

The line-up for The Empty Homes Conferencce 2013 has now been confirmed. We'll be sending out the latest version of the brochure over the next few days but you can download it from the event listing now if you want to.

Don Foster MP has confirmed his attendance but we have also rejigged the programme to include a session by Robb Greenland on the Leeds Empties initiative - inspiring for local authorities and community groups alike.

EDMO and empty homes survey

A final-year student at Kingston University is writing a dissertation on EDMOs and empty homes and would greatly welcome responses to his questionnaire.

This is largely multiple choice questions and can be completed in a couple of minutes.

The link to to the survey is below:

The full introduction to the survey is reproduced below:

Long-term empty stats - the info is there somewhere

We have had a few calls in recent days from people who are not getting the reports they want about long-term empties from council tax systems. This follows on from newly-implemented changes in discounts and exemptions. Successor codes to Council tax exemption code "C" for example may only last for 1 month: properties then appear to be flagged as long-term empties after that first month. Some practitoners have expressed concern that this might affect New Homes Bonus.

St David's Day bonus for Welsh authorities

We’re very pleased to announce that, as of 1st March 2013, all 22 of the Welsh local authorities have joined the Empty Homes Network under a Collective Membership that will last through to March 2015. All employees of the Welsh councils will now be able to benefit from the premium members-only material available from the website, discounts on Conferences and training and so on.

2013 Conference: your input welcome

We're starting to prepare for the 2013 National Conference. As always our members' views on what they'd like the Conference to cover will be welcome.

A survey spreadsheet is attached to this item and if you'd like to help shape the Conference then please download it, complete it (it will only take a couple of minutes) and return to

It would be good to get your views by the middle of next week (Tuesday 15th January).

Refused EDMOs - register your cases here

This is an unusual news story. The "news" is your contributions about refused EDMO applications.

We want a place where people that have been involved with EDMOs that have been refused by an RPT can register this so that others can learn from the experience. In this way you can help your colleagues by describing the problems you have encountered.

You can do this by simply replying to this news story (adding a comment). You'll need to be logged in to do so. This news story will be one of our "Key Documents".

EHN sends Freedom of Information Request

The Empty Homes Network has recently sent out a Freedome of Information Request to English housing authorities. This is the first time that the Network has done anything of this kind. The FOI requests will no doubt percolate their way down to many of our members in due course - apologies for adding to your workload!

The text of the FOI request is given below in case you don't get to see the original email:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to [council name].