Members of Parliament agree that more needs to be done about empty homes

Chris Bailey reports that Members of Parliament want Government to take action on empty homes and draws attention to ComRes polling on empty homes and the housing crisis Read more

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

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

Report of public meeting: Regulating Airbnb - approaches from Berlin, Barcelona, and Amsterdam

On 23 February 2022 Action on Empty Homes hosted our Regulating Airbnb webinar. We invited presenters from Berlin, Barcelona, and Amsterdam – cities which have taken action in the past to mitigate Airbnb’s impact on the private rental market – to explore what strategies might be adopted here in the UK Read more

Councils call on Government to Act on Empty Homes

Latest figures for England show there are 127,240 children living in temporary accommodation, including 1,440 households with children in bed and breakfasts. The LGA representing all councils says the number spending lockdown in temporary accommodation reinforces the urgent need for the Government to ensure building more affordable homes to rent and for action on empty homes. Read more

Council's need better powers to act on empties - why it is time for a 'no fault' EDMO

When Empty Dwelling Management Orders were introduced the powers they offered were curtailed, they are now used less than envisaged and councils are calling for reform Read more

Communities can build back better

Brighid Carey calls for dedicated funding to support communities to create high quality, well-insulated, affordable homes from long-term empty homes Read more

Can New Zealand’s new Labour Government turn round decades of housing failure?

Our research volunteer Bill Golden asks whether Jacinda Ardern's landslide victory on the back of tackling the pandemic and domestic terrorism stands her in good stead to deal with New Zealand's knottiest public policy challenge - its longstanding housing crisis. Read more

Spain leads the way yet again on empty homes policy

Frank Gavurin reports on more action on empty homes in Spain as local government in Valencia boosts social housing supply at the expense of Vulture fund Cerberus and the Catalan Government ups its game on expropriations Read more

Radical shift in empty homes policy in Spain's Balearics

Frank Gavurin argues that the Balearic Islands may be showing us what a progressive use of existing housing stock looks like Read more

Using empty homes to regenerate communities - our report looks at how

Brighid Carey shows how affordable housing can be delivered from empty homes through collaboration with communities Read more