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

Homes Without Residents - new report

Our London housing project looks at 'buy to leave' and the impact of wealth investment in residential property. Raising critical questions over 100,000 London homes sucked out of residential supply, the role of Airbnb and so-called 'second homes'. Includes international survey of policy responses.


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 2019

    Empty Homes Week 2019 took place from the 23rd September 2019 until the 29th September 2019. In 2018 over 100 councils took part, in 2019 120 councils launched new initiatives or publicised action in National Empty Homes Week. Contact your council for local events and information. Read more

Latest stories

  • Antony Fletcher - founder of the Empty Homes Agency: 1929 - 2019

    Antony Fletcher was the founder and moving force behind Action On Empty Homes and it is with great sadness that we have to report his death. Read more

  • A new Toolkit for communities and local authorities

    Brighid Carey outlines our new project developing a Toolkit which aims to help bring local authorities and communities together into informed, knowledgeable partnerships to bring empty homes into use. 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