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2019 Conference Main Sponsor Announced

The Empty Homes Network are pleased to announce this year’s Conference main sponsor as Auction House UK

Operating from 40 auction rooms across England, Scotland and Wales, Auction House believe in selling properties at local, regional and national levels in order to achieve the best results for their clients.

Holding in excess of 200 auctions and selling over 3700 properties a year, Auction House boasts a comprehensive network of auctioneers and valuers with years of experience in the field, as well as having won countless awards including Best Auctioneer, Residential Auction House of the Year and Best Franchise. 

Announcing their support for the Conference this year, Bryan Baxter, Founding Director and Auctioneer, said: 

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

Highlighting the successes of their recent project in collaboration with Harlow Council, Kerrie discusses how Streets2Homes has been influential in bringing back into use two Council owned properties, to help house nine rough sleepers.

- Brighid Carey; Action on Empty Homes

Community Based Projects: Research Findings

Brigid presents a summary of Action on Empty Homes’ findings into their research of six community-based initiatives, released earlier in the year, and how this aims to shape and develop their approach and policy going forward.

- Martin Ellerby; PlaceFirst

Conference Date Announced!

The date for this year's National Empty Homes Conference has been announced, and will be held on Wednesday 25th September, 2019.

Held to coincide with Action on Empty Homes' Empty Homes Week, the Conference will again be held at etcVenues in Birmingham.

For more information on Speakers, Sponsorship Opportunities and to book your place, visit our dedicated webpage here.

Action on Empty Homes launches 'Community Action on Empty Homes' report

Action on Empty Homes (formerly The Empty Homes Agency), has launched its report entitled 'Community Action on Empty Homes', outlining its findings of a three-year study of 6 community led projects. 

Whilst outlining the fantastic work done by these community groups, the report also issues a call to action on Local Authorities, Central Government, Funding Partners and Housing Associations to do more with the tools and resources available, to return more empty homes to use across the Country.

Commenting on the release, Director of Action on Empty Homes Will McMahon said:

There are positive and valuable lessons in this report of interest to all those who are concerned with tackling the waste of empty homes across the country. We want to encourage the creation of more community-based partnerships, to bring empty homes into use for local people and through doing so to help address the persistent underlying issues that keep people locked into poor housing and locked out of a safe, secure and affordable home.


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.

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:

BBC - The Empty Housing Scandal