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The Empty Homes Network: National Virtual Conference 2022 - Booking Now Open!

The Empty Homes Network is delighted to announce this year's annual national conference, will be held on Thursday 19th May 2022. As with our 2021 event, we will again be hosting this virtually, and are pleased to be working in partnership with CrowdComms to deliver a bigger, better and more interactive day for our delegates.

Council Taxbase 2021: Empty Homes Statistics Released

This year's Council Taxbase and empty homes statistics have been released by Central Government, providing the only source of statistical data into the number of empty homes nationwide.

Compiled annually and released on the 10th November, this year's data, including figures on Empty Homes, Long Term Empty Homes, properties being charged any form of Premium, along with second homes, can be found by here.

Introducing Estate Research to the Empty Homes Network

Estate Research are a firm of genealogists established in 2001 who have built a reputation assisting the public sector. We have a head office in Wigan and an office in London, employing over 50 staff with both local and international reach. Our company has evolved significantly over the years, meaning we provide a huge range of services, including empty property solutions. 

EHN Statistics & Resources Research 2021: Submission Deadline Extended

The deadline for submissions of Empty Homes Statistics has been extended to the 6th November 2021, in order to give empty homes officers the opportunity to have their survey completed and sent through to us, and to coincide with the National Statistical Council Taxbase release on the 10th November 2021.

The survey, along with the aims and objectives of the research are outlined below:

Based on the statistics held within Empty Homes Officer databases, the research aims to: 

EHN Statistics & Resources Research 2021 launched: Survey now available

The Empty Homes Network is pleased to announce the launch of its nationwide survey, aimed at investigating the correlation between local and nationally held statistics, the breakdown of those numbers, along with the resources applied to empty homes work by Local Authorities.

Based on the statistics held within Empty Homes Officer databases, the research aims to: 

EHN launches nationwide review of empty homes statistics: Local Authorities and Empty Homes Officers encouraged to get involved

The Empty Homes Network is to launch an in-depth study of officer-held empty homes data, in order to better understand current statistics, identify areas of increase and decrease in empty homes numbers, and to provide a national context to support those who are experiencing challenges locally.

EHN Awards 2021: Our Winners

Having let the dust settle on this year's Virtual National Empty Homes Conference, we are now able to share the details of this year's winners of the EHN Awards. Showcasing the achievements of individuals and Local Authorities across six different award categories, these awards highlight the increadible work, dedication and progress shown within the field of empty homes, during what has been a challenging year for everyone across the Country.

Introducing Our Final Virtual Conference Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity Great Britain

Habitat for Humanity GB are delighted to be attending the Virtual Empty Homes Conference this year, as both a sponsor and exhibitor. We have benefitted over many years from being a member of the Empty Homes Network, and our work as a housing charity in bringing empty property into use as affordable homes has been enhanced through the peer learning, networking and opportunities to collaborate that this has afforded.

Capacity Grid: Partnering With You to Gain the Maximum New Homes Bonus Funding

As you know, around 710,000 UK properties are currently lying empty. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is addressing the empty property challenge and supporting local authorities in bringing more homes back into use through the New Homes Bonus scheme (NHB). With the ability for local authorities to earn additional NHB income by returning empty properties to use under review from 2022, now is the time to maximise the returns available whilst you still can.

EHN Virtual Conference 2021: Full Speaker Line-up Announced!

The Empty Homes Network are pleased and excited to announce the full list of confirmed speakers, for our first Virtual Conference to be held on Thursday 27th May, 2021.

With an informative and interesting range of speakers and topics as always, planning and preparation for the day continues to gather pace, and is shaping up to be the highlight of the Empty Homes Calendar.

BBC’s Matt Allwright Confirmed as Conference 2021 Guest Speaker

The Empty Homes Network is delighted to announce that TV presenter, journalist and writer Matt Allwright will be the guest speaker at this year’s Virtual National Empty Homes Conference, on Thursday 27th May, 2021.

Best known for his presenting roles on Watchdog and Rogue Traders, Matt’s more recent work has taken him into the world of local government enforcement, through programmes such as Housing Enforcers and The Empty Housing Scandal.