Introduction to Empty Homes and Enforcement - Andrew Lavender, 17th October

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 -
09:00 to 16:30
Event Description: 

Lavender and Wilson

Programme for the day

09.00 – 9.15    Registration
09.15 – 9.30    Welcome and introductions
09.30 – 10.30 Session 1 –  Section 215 Town & Country Planning Act 1990                       Section 79 Building Act 1984
10.30 – 10.45 Refreshment Break
10.45 – 12.30 Session 2 – Range of other Legislative Options

  • Housing Act 2004, Improvement Notices & EDMOs
  • Building ACT 1984 & Section 80 EPA 1990,
  • Section 29 LG(MP) Act 1982 & Section 4 PDPA 1949
  • Compulsory Purchase Orders (HA & T&CP Act)

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Session 3 – Enforced Sales Procedure
14.30 – 14.45 Refreshment Break
14.45 – 16.30 Session 4 – Front Line Advice / Case Studies

The course provides a good grounding in the broad range of legislation that can be applied to long term empty properties. Delegates will have a clear understanding of the advantageous and disadvantages of each approach and how to use the legislation in a tactical manner.


Although the course is tailored towards empty properties, a lot of the knowledge is transferrable to other areas of enforcement, particularly in relation to tracing owners and how to ensure notices are correctly drafted and served.

The course is suitable for Empty Property Officers, Environmental Health Officers, Private Sector Housing Officers, Planners, Building Control, Street Scene Officers and Solicitors.

The course qualifies for 5 hours and 30 mins core CPD time.


  • Full Empty Home Network Members (EHN): £125 plus vat
  • Associates/non-Members: £160 plus vat

In addition, if you book a place on the course you can benefit from a £15 discount on the Empty Homes Conference 2018 being held in Birmingham on the 18th October 2018.


Please put discount code EHNDISC15 on the booking form to receive discount.

If your LA is not a member of EHN and want to join to secure the reduced cost of the course please follow the link: Annual membership is £95 per year and that covers any employee of the local authority who wishes to register with EHN.

Training Venue

The training is being held at The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ (Council Chamber).

If you report to reception on the ground floor, someone will collect you from reception and escort you to the Council Chamber.

Please note that there is no lunch provided to keep the cost of the course as low as possible. However, there are a range of shops and restaurants near the venue.

Contact details: 

Should you wish to book a place or require any further information, then please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Lavender on 07867987550 or by email 

Type of event: 
Training Event