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.
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With the Empty Homes Network Virtual Conference fast approaching, there is till time to send us your submissions for the Empty Homes Awards 2021, with the deadline now extended to the 14th May.
The Empty Homes Network are pleased to announce our Exhibitor Sponsors for this year's Virtual Conference on Thursday 27th May, as Finders International, EON Home Solutions, Anglia Research Services and Taylor & Emmett
The Empty Homes Network are pleased to announce that the Empty Homes Awards 2021 are now open for submissions, marking the start of National Empty Homes Week, in support of the campaign fronted by Action on Empty Homes.
The Empty Homes Network are excited to announce our Exhibitor+ Sponsors for this year's Virtual Conference on Thursday 27th May, as Fraser & Fraser, Bevan Brittan, Grafton Empty Homes Ltd, and No Use Empty: Kent.
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.
The Empty Homes Network are delighted to announce the Main Sponsors for this year's Virtual Conference, as Auction House UK, and UK Property Rescue, on Thursday 27th May.
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.
The Empty Homes Network is excited to announce they have teamed up with virtual event platform HireSpace, to bring the 2021 National Empty Homes Conference online for the very first time, on Thursday 27th May, 2021.
Data released last week by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show a fourth consecutive annual rise in long-term empty homes across the Country, resulting in the biggest rise in figures since records began.
9 out of 10 Councils have reported rises in their empty home figures, with one Authority showing as much as a 340% rise in figures submitted in the previous year.
Director of Action on Empty Homes, Will McMahon, said:
Due to the ongoing uncertainty over the safety and all-round feasinility of holding our National Empty Homes Conference this year, the decision has been taken to postpone the event, with this now rearranged to be held on Thursday 27th May, 2021.
UK Property Rescue, one of our sponsors and supporters of last year's National Empty Homes Conference, have shown how the construction industry have adapted in recent months, by completing a refurbishment turnaround of two weeks on a property on behalf of Tamworth Borough Council.
(Video & PDF case study incl. below)
'Pretty Vacant', a report highlighting how property investment in London is reducing access to much needed housing for locals, has been releasedm by the campaigning charity Action on Empty Homes.
Working in conjunction with the Trust for London, the report highlights:
- The inaccuracies in data from which London's Housing Policy is based on
- The variation in numbers of recorded empty and second homes between neighbouring Boroughs
In part 2 of our award winners story, we look at the successful submissions for the remaining three awards, presented at the 2019 Empty Homes Conference in Birmingham.
Meeting the Challenge Award - Sponsored by Action on Empty Homes
Winner: City of Bradford Metrolpolitan District Council
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.
Having had the time to reflect on this year's successful National Empty Homes Conference, it is time to celebrate the fantastic work being done across the Country, highlighted during our Annual Empty Homes Awards, presented in Birmingham.
In Part 1, we look at the stories and judges comments behind three of our winners.
Best Before and After Photograph Award - Sponsored by Auction House UK
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.