This is a news report of the Bristol case where Camelot guardians have now been found to be tenants not licensees. The report is not completely reliable, but it is what many of the public will see.
The report summarises a blog post by Giles Peaker (see below) who has added a comment to his blog that says "This post is now rather wonderfully misunderstood and mangled in the Bristol Post".
Peaker argues that this does not threaten the property guardian model.
This is a social investment vehicle which is sourcing homes for people who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. There are obvious ways in which this kind of venture can support the purchase of empty properties.
News stories in the Bristol Post have been reporting a potentially landmark case, the outcome of which hinges on whether Property Guardians are licensees or tenants. The guardian in this case is resisting an eviction order on the basis that the guardians each have a lockable room and therefore have exclusive possession, regardless of what the occupation agreement might say. Camelot is relying in part on the 'licence agreement' to assert that the occupants are licensees.
This links to the No Use Empty West website. This is a joint initiative between the four West of England partner authorities centred on Bristol.
Whilst featuring and acknowledging the Kent No Use Empty branding, the website is independent of that of Kent.
Both No Use Empty websites make a strong impression and show how websites can be used to create a professional image for local authority empty homes initiatives and bring information and services closer to empty homes owners and concerned communities.
Contains links to 3 youtube videos that explain Bristol's systematic approach to empty homes.
This is a useful practical guide to empty homes work featuring many good examples from all over the United Kingdom. It also gives a good sense of the law in Scotland.