Action on Empty Homes focus on the 238,306 long-term empty homes in England and bringing them back into use for people in need of homes

Current Projects

From our new toolkit for community-led empty homes projects to work tackling wealth investor ‘buy to leave’ and the Global Empty Homes Network; and a national coalition calling on Government to invest to save.


Author: Chris Bailey

Community Action on Empty Homes Toolkit

Our new Toolkit is designed to encourage partnerships between local councils and communities to bring empty homes back into use, to meet local housing needs.


Author: Chris Bailey

Our impact


120 local authorities take part in Empty Homes Week


Our campaign for the Government to fund schemes to bring empty homes into use was adopted. Between 2012 and 2015 over 9,000 new homes were created. We need this re-started


Council Tax can now be doubled on homes left two years empty. We campaigned against discounts for empty homes and support councils implementing new premiums

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Nobody's Home

Our new report on London's housing crisis looks at how wealth investment fuels London's failed development model and locks Londoners out of decent affordable housing


Author: Chris Bailey

Latest events

  • Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy: Online Event

    Cities, mobile capital and housing vacancy - Global Empty Homes Network event: Playback of discussion now available Read more

  • Why is vacancy and under-utilisation of housing growing in Greater Manchester when the region faces a housing crisis?

    Empty homes numbers are growing across Greater Manchester. In the City 'second home' numbers rose tenfold in a decade. Why is this happening at the time of an acute housing crisis ? Chris Bailey - Action on Empty Homes author of 'Empty Homes in England'; Dr. Richard Goulding, co-author of ‘From Homes to Assets Housing financialisation in Greater Manchester'; Dr. Luke Yates, author of ‘The Airbnb 'movement' for deregulation’ Read more

  • Climate crisis, the global property bubble and vacant homes – online event: PLAYBACK NOW AVAILABLE

    Global Empty Homes Network online event on the links between empty homes and the climate crisis during the COP26 climate conference. ‘Climate crisis, the global property bubble and vacant homes’ was streamed live on Monday 8 November. PLAYBACK NOW AVAILABLE Read more

Latest stories

  • No Address? No Access To Services...

    Chris Bailey explains how a ProxyAddress can help people facing homelessness and our campaign to turn proxy addresses into real addresses Read more

  • Morning Lane People's Space and the campaign for housing to meet local needs in Hackney

    Guest Blog: Morning Lane People’s Space "Our priority is to ensure that any development meets local needs and is based on meaningful consultation. In terms of housing that means building council properties that can provide secure affordable homes" Read more

  • Estimating ‘buy to leave’ in Kensington & Chelsea

    Data from the latest Council Taxbase reveals Kensington & Chelsea has the highest proportion of long-term empty homes in London. Furthermore, 10% of the borough's homes are classed as 'second homes'. Chujan Sivathasan uses data from Jonathan Bourne at UCL and draws on Dr Rex Atkinson's work on 'Anchoring Wealth: The grounded impact of international wealth chains on housing markets in London' Read more