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Two more empty homes award categories announced - submissions please

April 24, 2017

    We are looking for submissions for two more categories in the Empty Homes Awards 2017.  These are new categories which are being sponsored by the Empty Homes Network itself this year.     Best before-and-after photos This Award is now being sponsored by Cromwood Social which is a part of the Cromwood Group. This category is self-explanatory. A picture speaks a thousand works, and nothing is more powerful in underlining the value of the work that empty homes practitioners do than before-and-after pictures. And the good news with this award is that you don't have to write anything. In judging the submissions,...

Empty Homes Practitioner of the Year 2017 - send us your submissions

April 18, 2017

Every year, at the National Empty Homes Conference, we present awards to recognise excellence in empty homes work. One of the most coveted awards is that for Empty Homes Practitioner of the Year. We are proud that this year's award is sponsored by Kent's No Use Empty partnership, led by Kent County Council. How to apply Submissions should be clear and to the point and no more than two sides of A4, maximum 1200 words or the equivalent in an email, per award. You can send us more if you want - e.g. before and after pictures - but in...

Chris Skinner 1958-2017

February 16, 2017

Christopher Frank Skinner  Chris Skinner died on 14 February on his 59th birthday at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, close...

Recent compulsory purchase consultation

February 9, 2017

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced a number of small changes to compulsory purchase procedures, which have little impact...

Fixing our broken housing market??

February 7, 2017

The Housing White Paper will be the subject of extensive comment in the housing press and national newspapers and this...

Bristol property guardian case may shape future practice

January 30, 2017

News stories in the Bristol Post have been reporting a potentially landmark case, the outcome of which hinges on whether Property Guardians are licensees or tenants. The guardian in this case is resisting an eviction order on the basis that the guardians each have a lockable room and therefore have exclusive possession, regardless of what the occupation agreement might say. Camelot is relying in part on the 'licence agreement' to assert that the occupants are licensees.  The Bristol Post reporting seems has been supportive of the Property Guardians, with an earlier story referring to the situation as a 'scandal'. The...

NHB: Analysis of 2017-18 figures

December 19, 2016

We have analysed the provisional NHB allocations for 2017-18 to try and gauge the impact of the changes in the...