Pretty Vacant: The 500 hi-rise towers that won't solve London's housing crisis

Why London has to stop building the wrong housing. All you need to know about what is wrong with the development model that locks Londoners out of housing. Read more

Morning Lane People's Space and the campaign for housing to meet local needs in Hackney

Guest Blog: Morning Lane People’s Space "Our priority is to ensure that any development meets local needs and is based on meaningful consultation. In terms of housing that means building council properties that can provide secure affordable homes" Read more

Will the last investor leaving Southwark please turn out the lights.. until Airbnb is back in business

New Government data shows how the Coronavirus pandemic shines a light on how we keep on building housing which doesn't house anyone: so homelessness rises, affordability declines and home ownership drops. Southwark is the canary in this particular coalmine. 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

Why Nigeria's millions of empty homes count

In Nigeria ..“newly built luxury dwellings are springing up throughout cities made possible often through forced eviction of poor communities. These units do not fulfil any housing need, with many remaining vacant as vehicles for money laundering or investment.” Leilani Farha, September 2019, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Adequate Housing 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

No Address? No Access To Services...

Chris Bailey explains how a ProxyAddress can help people facing homelessness and our campaign to turn proxy addresses into real addresses 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