The EHN has released an updated version of its Briefing on funding from the HCA. The latest version includes details of the recently announced Temporary Empty Homes grant scheme and includes the response from the HCA to our request for clarification on the new product.
Having reviewed the Temporary Empty Homes product developed by the Homes and Communities Agency as the successor to Temporary Social Housing Grant, the EHN has now written to the HCA asking for clarification on some issues. The letter can be downloaded from our library from here.
Amongst other things we've raised questions about the rent levels, particularly in relation to homelessness accommodation, and about how the product would work with EDMOs. We've also raised concerns about the lease length of 5 years.
The agenda for the joint EH/EHN conference on May 23rd in London is moving towards its final shape.
- the HCA have confirmed they'll launch their Empty Homes Toolkit there.
- high-profile speakers for the final panel session will be confirmed shortly.
- we've had to rejig the afternoon sessions to accommodate the panel: please check the programme attached to the event listing for the latest running order
The Empty Homes Network has now made most of its Information Library free to guests. That means you will no longer need to log in to access the content. This is part of our move to integrate our materials with those that will be provided as part of the HCA Empty Homes Toolkit, which is currently under development.
About 10 days ago we followed up the letter we wrote to Grant Shapps in November about the £100Million captial for empty homes with a further one to Andrew Stunell where we offered more detailed proposals about how the money should be distributed. We accepted that the HCA was probably the best agency to distribute the funding, but we re-iterated our view that the immediate beneficiaries should be local authorities. We proposed that councils should bid for the money against well-researched valuie-for-money criteria.
This is the final version of our consultation response (click link to access it) to the proposed amendments to the EDMO legislation.
This now includes a propoal to review the procedures involved in obtaining an EDMO. It also suggests that local authorities should submit estimates of the financial benefits to an owner of the proposed EDMO action (including effects on capital values).
This is a further revision of our consultation response (click link to access it) to the proposed amendments to the EDMO legislation.
This incorporates a review of the possible problems associated with the word "nuisance" given its often restricted legal meanng. There are some further changes and simplifications to the wording and a 5th principle of local support for the EDMO action is added.
We've now published the third and probably final draft of our response to the informal consultation (click link to view) on the proposals to change the EDMO legislation, There have been some significant changes since the last version.
We have now produced a substantially revised response to the CLG proposals to change the EDMO legislation. The revised response reflects further information given to us by CLG about the shape of the proposed amendments to the EDMO legislation, which are less prescriptive than previously expected. They focus more on the local response to the nuisance empty home and to the council's proposals The latest version of our response can be found here.