With figures from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government showing that the number of long term vacant properties across England has risen to more than 216,000, we’re looking at the highest levels of homes standing empty (for more than six months) since 2012. Economically, this accounts for around £53.6bn of property in England alone, according to an analysis carried out by modular home and school builder Project Etopia.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (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.
A newly created award for the 2018 Conference, The Rising Star Award was sponsored by Orbis Protect (www.orbisprotect.com), who specialise in the protection and management of empty property and buildings.
This year’s winner of the Rising Star Award was Tom Davies of Thant District Council.
We are very grateful indeed to Carson Millican, trading as Empty Property Solutions, for his continuing support of the Empty Homes Awards. This year, he sponsored the newly configured ‘Meeting the Challenge’ Award, which aims to emphasise the case-work aspect of what practitioners do by recognising a particularly challenging case.