Since February full members of EHN and subscribers have been able to access our weekly News Summaries, containing links to the stories featuring empty homes as found on the internet. We pick up a wide range of relevant material, incluidng national and local news stories, blog entries, changes to websites and so on. As of today (24th August 2010), we've introduced a new feature whereby every week we highlight strong local news stories that highlight the impact of empty homes practitioners in helping their communities, as reported in local newspapers.
All the news stories on our site
The transition from NAEPP to EHN continues apace with our new domain www.ehnetwork.org.uk replacing www.naepp.org.uk and the new logo and organisation name appearing in the site banner. You are strongly recommended to update any bookmarks to the new domain name. Similarly, email addresses will now be firstname.lastname@example.org etc. That said, NAEPP email and web addresses should continue to work for the time being.
The Lancashire Telegraph reports Rossendale's plans to CPO 4 properties saying "A SENIOR councillor and neighbours have heralded moves to clean up four ‘eyesore’ sites across Haslingden."
The story can be found here
This debate is now being extended to the 31st August 2010.
Gera Drymer, who leads on this at the HCA is giving presentations on the discussion at CLG-organised meetings so it is reasonable to assume that the issues debated will figure in the deliberations of the coalition government as they consider how to move forwards with empty homes policy. This is an opportunity for empty homes practitioners to highlight the really important issues we face and lessons we have learned.
The British Property Federation has added its weight to the current debates about empty homes. The BPF has been a long-time supporter of empty homes work and used to host NAEPP Executive meetings for several years. As far as we know, the support is currently in the form of a press release, but we are confident that there is more going on behind the scenes. A key player in the property industry, BPF's support for the issue is to be welcomed.
Empty Homes Officer
Job reference: CS10/57
£27,052 - £28,636 per annum
37 hours, Fixed-term until 31 March 2013
We are looking for two enthusiastic individuals to join the Private Sector Housing Division based in Shrewsbury, operating throughout the Shropshire Council area.
Vacant Dwellinngs in England
The challenges and costs of bringing them back into use
By Maggie Davidson and Kevin White
Published by BRE Trust, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84806-131-6, A4, 20pp. £26.44 (instant download) or £22.50 (hard copy).
It is very much to the credit of the BRE Trust that they have commissioned this report. It's the first serious analysis of vacant dwellings since the Department of the Environment report Vacant Dwellings in the Private Sector, published 15 years ago.
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).
109 people attended the NAEPP Empty Homes conference in Birmingham. Our venue had a nominal capacity of 120, but 109 seemed to be pushing the limits of capacity somewhat. Still we had some extremely good speakers and presentations and there was plenty to learn and enjoy.
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):
This 3rd Edition has been substantially updated in the light of the party manifestos that have now been published.
This is the text of the NAEPP response to the Guardian special feature on empty homes. This appeared on the 14th April 2010 as a "Response" item - this is where a letter-writer is given longer than a normal letter to respond to an earlier story.
Below is the text of NAEPP's letter to the Guardian following their two-page spread on Monday 5th April
"Dear Sir or Madam
Shelter Scotland are recruiting an Empty Homes Co-ordinator for Scotland on a 2-year contract.
Their advert is shown below.
Empty Homes Co-ordinator
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%.
Here is the link to our recently updated Empty Property Strategy:
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.
Here is a link to the latest (updated end of October 2009) version of our proposals for a National Empty Homes Initiative, now including an introductory word from the Empty Homes Agency. This will be circulated to the press and relevant agencies.
This is now in our Information Library here.
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.
Don't forget to sign the Inside Housing petition on the No. 10 Downing Street website at:
And take a look at the campaign home page on the Inside Housing website at