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Enforcement: Empty Homes – Housing Act 2004 (Empty Dwelling Management Order and Improvement Notices)

I thought I would share a recent Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO) case that I was involved in, which may be of assistance to other practitioners in the field.  The case relates to a property that had been empty for several years due to the previous tenant damaging the property.

The owner lived remotely, was in negative equity, had no funds and was struggling to keep up with the mortgage payments.  The property was causing anti-social behaviour issues for the local community and was deteriorating.

Busy February ahead for Empty Homes in Parliament and on BBC

In this edition of your Action on Empty Homes news, we have some key diary dates for February, with a new publication from the Coalition for Community Investment, and details of the upcoming broadcast of the new BBC series on empty homes.

As always, we welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter.

New Coalition publication to advocate Government investment

Full results of ComRes MPs survey published. China, the far side of the empty homes problem

In this edition you'll find links to full results of ComRes polling of MPs, showing cross-party support for Government to back local councils with investment and new powers

As always we welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter

Hope that you all had a good festive break

Full results of polling - MPs views on empty homes published

Polling shows over 80% of MPs support better funding for local authority empty homes work

Welcome to this year's final festive update from Action on Empty Homes. In this edition we highlight new polling commissioned from ComRes. This shows cross-party support from MPs for Government to back local authorities with more funding and new powers to bring more empty homes back into use.

As always we welcome your feedback on any or all of the stories in this newsletter.
Hope that you all have a good festive period.

Why is so much of England’s housing stock empty at a time of national housing crisis?

This article was written as a personal opinion piece by Action on Empty Homes’ Campaign Manager, Chris Bailey, for Open Access Government an online European and international public policy magazine. The text is below or you can read it in the latest edition of Open Access Government here:

THE FINDERS INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH FUNERALS CONFERENCE

In drafting a new guide to Public Health Funerals, something that can overlap with normal empty homes work, I found a website provided courtesy of Finders International that is, “intended as a guide for staff in Local Authorities and Hospitals who perform this task”. I promptly booked a place on the Finders International London PHA Funerals Conference.

A question to Empty Homes Officers: What do YOU think Action on Empty Homes should lobby politicians about?

It was a pleasure to meet so many empty homes practitioners at the Empty Homes Network annual conference.  For me, it was the first step in developing a new conversation and a stronger relationship between Action on Empty Homes and those whose job it is to ensure as many empty homes are brought back into use as possible.

Policy development

At Action on Empty Homes, we know that there is a range of different ideas about how national policy might be developed to help practitioners bring more empty homes back into use.

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