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Lambeth Council uses emergency measures to house homeless

Lambeth are to use 45 empty properties on regeneration estates to house homeless households for a period of up to two years.

Following the outbreak of Covid 19, the council is struggling to find self-contained accommodation for homeless households and is having to book hotel rooms to accommodate people. Housing them in empty council properties is seen as a cheaper option.

The council announced at the start of the outbreak of Covid 19 that it would suspend evictions.

You can read the full story here: 

New report reveals why the next 500 high rise towers won’t end London’s housing crisis and the Government action needed

Media Release  28th April 2020; Embargo: 12 Noon

The empty promises at the heart of housing policy: 

New report reveals why the next 500 high rise towers won’t end London’s housing crisis and the Government action needed 

‘Pretty Vacant’, a new report launched today by Action on Empty Homes, shines a light on how property investors are reducing Londoners access to housing. 

The report reveals:

TV production company Ricochet Productions is looking for empty homes

TV production company Ricochet Productions is looking for empty homes for a new TV series it is developing, aimed at teaching families new skills so they can furnish and fit out a property they then go on to live in.  So the company would love to hear from empty home officers or housing organisations with access to properties that might work for the series.

'Not the right housing' - Increase of empty homes discredits record rise in housebuilding, say campaigners

"Homebuilding may be at a 30-year high, but experts say a rise in the number of long-term empty properties shows the wrong kind of housing is being built."

The Hackney Gazette reports on the Action on Empty Homes and the latest Government data. Hackney has seen a 24% rise ion the last year with 1 in 100 homes now empty.

Action on Empty Hones Campaigns manager Chris Bailey says:

"There is speculation unsold newbuilds are contributing, alongside a general slowing of the housing market lowering transactions.

The Mirror reports Lib Dem election pledge on empty homes.

"General Election 2019: Lib Dems pledge 500% council tax rise for people who keep houses empty

Landlords and property owners who fuel the housing crisis by keeping property empty should pay for the damage they are causing society, ex-Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has said.

Unveiling plans that would let local authorities raise council tax on houses left empty long term by 500%, the Liberal Democrats said empty homes were “tearing apart” communities across the country."

GMB Union gets involved in Empty Homes issue in London

The GMB Union London Region has decided to make empty homes a campaigning issue. The story begins here:

"The incredible number of empty homes in each London borough and staggering housing waiting lists

In some boroughs, vacant homes could fill more than 40 percent of people waiting for homes

It doesn't take a lot to see the signs of London's housing crisis. Just one glance at the window of an estate agent is enough.

Anyone who has tried to get accommodation for themselves or their families in London knows what an abject nightmare it can be.

New Government figures released today show empty homes numbers rise for third consecutive year – up another 10,000 to 226,000

New Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government data[i] released today shows 226,000 long-term empty homes, with a year on year rise of 10,000.

This is the third consecutive year in which figures have risen and the second year in a row to see a 10,000 home rise in numbers of wasted long-term empty homes.

Guardian, ITV news and Metro report launch of Empty Homes in England 2019

The Guardian, The Metro and ITV News have covered the launch of Empty Homes in England 2019.

Action on Empty Homes Director and Campaigns Manager Chris Bailey were also interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Radio Humberside this morning.

You can read this morning's coverage here:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/23/empty-homes-in-england-up-by-11000-last-year-study-shows

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