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Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010 Results

Judging the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd proved to be a difficult business, with some high quality submissions. The panel consisted of Keith Gunner of Southampton City Council, Britain's longest-serving Empty Homes Officer and himself a winner of an Empty Homes Agency Liftetime Achievement award, Nick Hilton of Ad Hoc Property Management, and David Gibbens (NAEPP Secretary).

Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010 - Nominations Received

We've received four nominations for the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd. . The four are:

Graham Everett (Watford Borough Council)

Extract: "A thorough and extremely knowledgeable approach to his work, exploring every option available and persevering through thick and thin."

Steve Habgood, (LB of Bromley):

Number of empties reported in Council Tax Base returns drops slightly

We've just updated the NAEPP analysis of Council Tax Base data to take account of the figures for September 2009 which have just been published by CLG.

This shows that the number of long-term empties (excluding exempt homes) has declined by about 3.5% whilst the number of short-term empties (exemption code "C") has increased by about 2.5%, The overall change is a reduction of about 0.8%.

Performance and monitoring guidelines for local authorities LATEST DETAILS

The Empty Homes Network Guidelines for local authorities on nonitoring empty homes interventions documents are now in their final and approved versions, having been approved at the EHN(NAEPP) Executive Meeting of the 24th Febuary 2010. (Earlier versions are also available in the Information Library).

A slightly updated version was released in December 2010 to reflect the change of name from NAEPP to EHN.

We will be lobbying for the relevant information to be included in the annual HSSA return to give due recognition to local authority empty homes work.

DRAFT National Action Plan on Empty Homes (1st Draft)

Here is the first draft of our proposed National Action Plan for Empty Homes. It's time for NAEPP to move the agenda on empty homes forward in a step change that requires government at all levels to take the issue more seriously, building structures and allocating resources in a way that is commensurate with the task we all face.

This has arisen out of the Executive meeting in Derby on February 23rd 2009.

NEWS: Website Improvements Continue

Improvements to the NAEPP website continue, including:

  • a new Search menu item (see Menu options above)
  • improvements to the Search by Keyword option
  • a Site Index (see Information menu option above)
  • a Library Item index more informative than the old one
  • more of the site content being visible before you log in

There is more scope for users to add content. You can: