We are focused on bringing the 226,000 long-term empty homes in England back into use for people with housing needs

Current Projects

We are developing a toolkit for community-led empty homes projects and working on tackling wealth investor ‘buy to leave’ in London. We are also building a national coalition to call for government investment in empty homes.


Author: Chris Bailey

Pretty Vacant

Our new report on why the next 500 high-rise towers in London won't end the capitals's housing crisis. And how they will make it worse.


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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Latest events

  • Empty Homes Week 2020

    Empty Homes Week is an annual event focused on local action to bring empty homes into use - normally scheduled in late September. In 2020 we are considering how Covid-19 is impacting capacity in local councils. We will update information after discussions with councils and officers around the country. In 2019 120 councils launched new initiatives or publicised action in National Empty Homes Week. Read more

  • Public Meeting Playback Now Available: Empty Homes in the Alpha City

    What is happening to London's housing supply and what can we do about it? With Speakers: Rowland Atkinson, Rex McKenzie, Loretta Lees View it all on YouTube Channel https://youtu.be/93Mh6J9HHTg Read more

Latest stories

  • Time to Halt Demolition and Mothballing

    Campaign volunteer Nasser Baston reports on the campaign to end the mothballing of council properties as homelessness in London continues to rise Read more

  • Community Action on Empty Homes - Developing the new AEH Community Toolkit:

    Latest update on the Community Action on the Empty Homes Toolkit we’re developing for communities and local authorities to use together by Brighid Carey who is leading on this project 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