There are 250,000 long-term empty homes in England. 
There are over 250,000 people in need of homes. 
It's time for Action on Empty Homes.

Current Projects

From our Retrofit Call to Action and toolkit for community-led empty homes projects to work tackling wealth investor ‘buy to leave’ and the Global Empty Homes Network; plus national coalitions the Campaign Against Empty Homes and Better Planning Coalition

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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.

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Author: Chris Bailey

Our impact

120

120 local authorities take part in Empty Homes Week

9,000

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

200%

Council Tax can be doubled on empty homes. New proposals impose this at 12 months and will allow councils to double tax on unused '2nd homes' too. We campaigned against discounts for empties and 2nd homes and support tougher powers for councils

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Nobody's Home

Our latest 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

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Author: Chris Bailey

Latest events

  • Regulating Airbnb: Approaches from Berlin, Barcelona and Amsterdam

    Airbnb is having an impact all over the country, reducing the number of homes available for permanent residents, whether in desirable coastal and rural areas or the 1 in 50 homes in London. 'How have cities across Europe mitigated the impacts of Airbnb on housing markets? What can we learn from their experiences?' RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE ON YouTube Read more

  • Consequences of growth of short-term lets in Bristol: Manchester & New York perspectives. Online Roundtable. RECORDING AVAILABLE ONLINE

    The impacts of short-term lets in cities like Manchester and New York show they are associated with neighbourhood gentrification, community displacement and skyrocketing rents. Our livestreamed roundtable discussion explores what these impacts may be in Bristol and what can be done. WATCH ONLINE NOW Read more

  • Bristol October 3rd Public Meeting on Airbnb and Short Lets

    A public meeting of local campaigners, councillors and housing activists to discuss action to combat the rise of short lets and Airbnb in Bristol Read more

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