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Llife in the Lakes - June/July 2019

Life in the Lakes – June/July 2019

Thanks to everyone who contacted me to let me know your council had increased the council tax Premium. It’ll be very interesting to hear after the first six months to a year what effect (if any) the doubling of the Premium has made to your work.

Personally speaking I like the idea that some other councils are already using, which is aimed at those genuinely struggling financially to complete repairs, by offering an option for a ‘holiday’ from the Premium while repairs are completed.

Life in the Lakes - April - May 2019

Oh dear, I can’t believe the last blog I posted was after last year’s Empty Homes Network conference, where did that time go?!

Our council is currently undergoing a major transformation where all our current roles will no longer exist and we will be invited to apply for generic roles instead. I’m looking at it all a positive way (my usual ‘default’ position) and hoping that I’ll still be able to carry out empty homes work, which I love. I’ve learned so much over the past ten years and am still learning and enjoying new challenges.

Empty Homes events in Birmingham and York plus local elections

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In this edition of Action on Empty Homes news, we have some key diary dates for the week beginning 29th April with a new publication launch, an international seminar and upcoming local elections, all raising the profile of the empty homes issue in England.

As always, we welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter

e-bulletin 10 highlights our upcoming May 2nd York event and Report launch, Amsterdam’s buy-to-let ban and a proposal for London

In this edition, we report on our upcoming event ‘Community Action on Empty Homes’ in York, a policy proposal to tackle empty homes in London, and news from Amsterdam about ‘buy to let’.

We welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter.

Join us in York on May 2nd for our Community Action on Empty Homes event and report launch. You can find details here 

EVENT: Community action on empty homes Using empty homes to regenerate communities - Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Community action on empty homes

Using empty homes to regenerate communities

Thursday 2nd May 2019: York

Action on Empty Homes is holding a free event for all those interested in taking action on empty homes.

At this event we will launch the final report from our 3-year study of community- based approaches to bringing empty homes into use

Brighid Carey 

Project Manager from Action on Empty Homes 

Enforcement: Empty Homes – Housing Act 2004 (Empty Dwelling Management Order and Improvement Notices)

I thought I would share a recent Empty Dwelling Management Order (EDMO) case that I was involved in, which may be of assistance to other practitioners in the field.  The case relates to a property that had been empty for several years due to the previous tenant damaging the property.

The owner lived remotely, was in negative equity, had no funds and was struggling to keep up with the mortgage payments.  The property was causing anti-social behaviour issues for the local community and was deteriorating.

Busy February ahead for Empty Homes in Parliament and on BBC

In this edition of your Action on Empty Homes news, we have some key diary dates for February, with a new publication from the Coalition for Community Investment, and details of the upcoming broadcast of the new BBC series on empty homes.

As always, we welcome your feedback on all stories in this newsletter.

New Coalition publication to advocate Government investment

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