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Ireland blazes trail with Empty Homes Unit

August 14, 2017

The Irish media are reporting the announcement by Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Goverment, of the measures that are being taken to tackle some of the Republic's 180,000 empty homes. The empty homes strategy itself has yet to be launched but it is a welcome approach that the infrastructre needed to implement it is already being put into place. Of particular importance is  the creation of an Empty Homes Unit within the Housing Ministry.  This has been one of the Empty Homes Network's long-standing policy proposals for the British government, which, disappointingly, has yet to receive any...

Innovation Award 2017 - winners

August 1, 2017

The Innovation Award is the brainchild of Carson Millican (pictured right), trading as Empty Property Solutions Ltd. Now based in...

Excellence in Information Award 2017 - results

July 5, 2017

In this story About the Award The Award submissions The winning Award submission Destin’s offer About the Award This was a new award category for 2017, sponsored by Destin Solutions Ltd. The call for submissions stated: With this award we are looking for examples of best practice in obtaining or using information to support your empty homes work. This could include best practice in how you collect information about empty homes or their owners, how you process it or protect it, your internal or external partnerships and ways of working ... and so on. Destin were keen to sponsor the...

Election emptifestos 2017

June 2, 2017

With the election only a few days away and all the manifestos now published, this is a good time for...

Conference salutes Chris Skinner

May 25, 2017

A very successful and well-attended Empty Homes Conference on Wednesday in Birmingham contained one poignant moment, when the delegates showed their appreciation for Chris Skinner, who sadly died in February, by offering a collective salute. Chris  was well-known for his work as a solicitor supporting Empty Homes practitioners up and down the country over many years, particularly in the area of Compulsory Purchase.  He had also spoken at two previous conferences. At the suggestion of Nick Pritchard-Gordon, Chair of EHN and the Conference, delegates raised their arms to make a "YES" shape, to honour Chris's positive, can-do attitude. We  will...