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Government data released today shows a massive year on year rise of over 42,000 to a total of 268,385 long-term empty homes in England,

11.11.2020 

For Immediate media release 

 

Government data released today shows a massive year on year rise of over 42,000 to a total of 268,385 long-term empty homes in England, as nearly 100,000 families languish in temporary accommodation. This is the biggest rise since current records began. 

 

Action on Empty Homes October Newsletter

In this edition of Action on Empty Homes News we look at how growing awareness of empty homes underlines wider issues in housing

Changing patterns of work – tell us your stories:

We hope that this newsletter finds you well. If you have stories to share on how the Coronavirus pandemic is impacting your work on empty homes, we would love to publish your thoughts as a blog on our website

Action on Empty Homes is looking to recruit three new board members from Black and Asian communities

Action on Empty Homes is looking to recruit three new board members from Black and Asian communities

Get involved in Action on Empty Home’s campaign to ensure England’s 226,000 empty homes are used for people in housing need.  Become a Board Member!

Never been a charity trustee before? We will show you the ropes. We will offer ongoing support, training and mentoring and actively work to develop a culture that nurtures and welcomes diversity.

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.

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