Latest Updates

2018 Conference line-up confirmed

August 23, 2018

Preparations are well in hand for the national Empty Homes Conference to be held in Birmingham on Thursday, 18th October. The strong line-up includes the first appearance by Will McMahon, the new Director of Action on Empty Homes, who is now blogging on our website and is looking forward to beginning a new dialogue with practitioners, a vital session on GDPR by Fiona Anthony of specialist legal firm nplaw, a behind-the-scenes account of Liverpool's '£1 House' scheme by Tony Mousdale, who featured in the Channel 4 series, well-established favourites such as Andrew Lavender's 'Practitioner Surgery' ... and much, much more....

EHA 2.0 launches new campaign

August 6, 2018

The campaigning charity Empty Homes (previously the Empty Homes Agency and soon to be 'Action on Empty Homes') has initiated...

NHB to be discontinued?

July 31, 2018

New Homes Bonus seems set to be discontinued after 2019-20, based on statements in the government's latest Technical Consultation on...

Hello, Goodbye, Hello - Kit Malthouse new Housing Minister

July 12, 2018

Recently-appointed Dominic Raab has been replaced as Minister of State for Housing by Kit Malthouse, now the eighth minister to hold the housing portfolio in 8 years.  Given the normally short-term nature of such appointments, there seems little point in devoting serious brain-power to anything that might be called 'research' into the latest incumbent of the role. As an alternative, here are some useful links: KM's statement about being appointed KM's voting record KM's Wikipedia page Mr. Malthouse was first elected to Parliament in May 2015 and was first appointed to a junior ministerial position in January 2018.

Community Housing Fund launched

July 3, 2018

The government has launched a £163 million fund to support community-led affordable housing. The scheme is being administered by Homes...

Kent scoops Regeneration Award

May 30, 2018

Kent's No Use Empty (NUE) initiative scooped the award for ‘Outstanding approach to regeneration’ at the UK Housing Awards event ...

Resolution Foundation proposes surcharge on empties and second homes

May 10, 2018

The 23rd report from the Intergenerational Commission, entitled A New Generational Contract, includes surcharges on second and empty homes as part of its 10 main policy recommendations. Recommendation number 6 reads: Replace council tax with a progressive property tax with surcharges on second and empty properties; halve stamp duty rates to encourage moving; and offer a time-limited capital gains tax cut to incentivise o of additional properties to sell to rst-time buyers. The surcharge model is spelt out in more detail in a separate publication, Home Improvements, that discusses the issues around council tax and stamp duty and foreign ownership...