Action on Empty Homes focus on the 268,385 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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Latest events

  • 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 Read more

  • 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

  • Sign our Call to Action for a Retrofit Revolution

    Centralised approaches alone cannot deliver zero-emission affordable housing or reverse the tide of fuel poverty. We also need local solutions. Action on Empty Homes convened an expert panel to ignite our Call to Action for a Retrofit Revolution. Event playback is now available on Youtube. Read more

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