EVENT: Community action on empty homes Using empty homes to regenerate communities - Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Community action on empty homes

Using empty homes to regenerate communities

Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Action on Empty Homes is holding a free event for all those interested in taking action on empty homes.

At this event we will launch the final report from our 3-year study of community- based approaches to bringing empty homes into use

Brighid Carey 

Project Manager from Action on Empty Homes 

Empty homes and England’s housing crisis – solutions that work, action that helps

Chris Bailey, Action on Empty Homes campaign manager writes:

Nationally we now have over 216,000 long-term empty homes in England at a time of national housing crisis and the numbers of empties are rising at the fastest rate in a decade.

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:


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.


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