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Conference Showcases Projects and Innovation During Successful Empty Homes Week

Held on the 25th September at our usual Venue of Maple House in Birmingham, this year's National Empty Homes Conference proved a huge success, in showcasing successful regeneration and refurbishment projects from across the Country, during National Empty Homes Week.


This year's line-up, varied and as informative as ever, were exceptionally well received, and feedback showing that Streets2Homes and the Welsh Streets case studies were the highlights for many delegates. The feedback generally for the Conference was fantastic, and it's hoped that next year's event will be as big, as informative and as well attended as this year, with some minor adjustments to account for the feedback received.

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The Empty Homes Conference 2019: Awards Extended, Delegate Spaces Still Available

With just over a week to go until the National Empty Homes Conference 2019, we are edging closer to capacity but there are still a few delegate spaces available, with bookings being taken up until 5pm on Tuesday 24th with the submission of a completed booking form

We have also extended the deadline for four of our award categories, so please feel free to get your submission in soon, and don't be put off nominating yourself for one of our awards, as we know that empty homes officers often work alone or in teams of 1! Nominations for these awards are now being accepted up until 23:59 on Friday 20th September.

The extended categories are:

- Empty Homes Practitioner of the Year, Sponsored by No Use Empty: Kent

The Empty Homes Conference 2019 - Our Gold Supporters

The Empty Homes Network is pleased to announce this year’s Conference Gold Supporters, as No Use Empty: Kent, and Anglia Research. Further information on this year’s Conference, our Speakers and how to book, can be found here.


No Use Empty remains committed to reducing the numbers of long-term empty properties through a range of interventions, returning in excess of 6,047 since launching in 2005.  

Delivered by Kent County Council in partnership with all 12 district councils it provides an exemplar model which can be replicated. 


Orbis Protect joins forces with E.ON to bring private homes back into use

Leading property protection provider Orbis Protect has joined forces with E.ON, one of the UK's top energy suppliers, to support its drive to tackle the UK’s housing shortage by bringing empty homes back into use.

Orbis Protect is partnering with E.ON on the scheme and will provide specialist clearance and cleaning of any empty properties, externally and internally.

https enabled to give users more secure access

A more secure protocol has been implemented for accessing the EHN website

This is the 'https' or Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure, replacing the previous 'http' protocol.

https is now regarded as the standard for websites that involve payments or where users enter passwords. It means all traffic from your browser to the website is encrypted.

See www.howtogeek.com/181767/htg-explains-what-is-https-and-why-should-i-care/ for further information.

2019 Conference Line-up - Updated

Planning and preparation is well under way for the National Empty Homes Conference, to be held in Birmingham on Wednesday 25th September, 2019.

As always, a strong and varied speaker line-up includes presentations from:

- Kerrie Eastman; Streets2Homes & Harlow Council

Using Council owned empty properties to help homelessness

Projects and Empty Homes Officers sought for the BBC's Empty Housing Scandal, Series 2

Production company TwoFour are seeking Empty Homes Projects and Officers for a second series of their successful BBC1 Series, The Empty Housing Scandal.

After producing a very popular 5 episode series highlighting both the scale of the problem, as well as the incredible work done by officers up and down the Country, TwoFour have been commissioned to produce a second series, this time running for 10 episodes.

Steve Grogan, of TwoFour:

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