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HCA announces Temporary Empty Homes funding package

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April 15, 2011

The HCA has now announced the successor scheme to Temporary Social Housing Grant, for homes leased by Registered Providers for up to 30 years. This will be of great importance to short-life housing organisations, councils and housing associations who are involved in leasing properties. The main differences between the new Temporary Empty Homes scheme and Temporary Social Housing are: the minimum length of lease is now 5 years instead of 2 years the home must have been empty for 2 years (previously there was no limit) There are slightly more restrictions around the ownershp of the property prior to it...

Conference latest

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March 31, 2011

The agenda for the joint EH/EHN conference on May 23rd in London is moving towards its final shape. the HCA...

Home Again - national empty homes conference set for London, May 23rd

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March 21, 2011

The biggest empty homes conference ever is now planned for London on May 23rd. For the first time, the Empty Homes Network has teamed up with the charity Empty Homes to mount a joint conference that covers the spectrum of empty homes work. And delegate rates are as low as £125 for full members of EHN. We've lined up top speakers and a premium venue. Don't miss out. Numbers are limited - so get your bookings in. For full details, refer to our event listing. Note that this is instead of the EHN conference previously planned for Birmngham.

New Homes Bonus - it's official

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February 17, 2011

It would have been a major surprise, given recent government press releases, if the New Homes Bonus had not gone...

EHN to meet CLG about the £100M

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February 10, 2011

We were pleased to receive a warm response from government minister Andrew Stunell following the letter we sent to him...

Self-help housing hits the news

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February 2, 2011

The Guardian newspaper has published an interesting report about self-help housing, pointing out its usefulness and its relevance for the...

Revised and extended PROD powers move a little closer

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February 2, 2011

In an announcement by Grant Shapps, the government is now actively floating its plans to help communities acquire surplus publicly-owned land and buildings. The story can be found here. As a start, the HCA surplus property portfoliio has been published. Details from other public agencies will follow in due course. We have proposed that the EDMO legislation is amended to allow EDMO action on publicly-owned dwellings, which iscurrently excluded by Sub-section 133(2)(b) of the Houisng Act 2004. We think there will be many circumstances where outright sale may not be appropriate eg where large-scale redevelopmnt is planned. In the meantime,...