Empty Homes Week 2020 News: 

We will be updating our plans after consultations with local councils and empty homes officers, given the continuing impact of the coronavirus pandemic on councils and on local service delivery

Looking back to 2019:

Empty Homes Week 2019 took place from the 23rd September 2019 until the 29th September 2019.

Every year local authorities, housing providers, community-led organisations and others see Empty Homes Week as an opportunity to organise events and put out information so that people know about their work to tackle empty homes. Empty Homes Week is also the chance to celebrate successes and reflect on what more needs to be done to bring empty properties back into use to help meet housing needs.

Please encourage your local authority to get involved in the week in 2020.

For more information contact [email protected].

Across the country local councils launched action and information campaigns.

Grant schemes, interest-free loans, advice sessions and online reporting of empties were just some of the highlights while others launched local media blitzes highlighting both the problems of empties (including both costs and lost income to owners) alongside the benefits of bringing homes into use for those in housing need.

Camden highlighted their grants scheme, with landlords offered £25,000 grants to bring empties into use and then allow council-nominated homeless tenants to find real homes there (moving families in housing need out hostel or temporary accommodation). Several councils launched loan schemes (including interest-free loans) for those bringing property into use, including Hertsmere.

Councils such as Newcastle and North Tyneside launched intensive information campaigns with video support online - for a look at the initiatives in more detail search #EmptyHomesWeek2019 or #EmptyHomesWeek on Twitter

Amongst over 120 councils who participated were:

Amber Valley,Barnsley, Barnet, Basildon, Bathnes, Bedford, Birmingham, Blaby, Blackburn with Darwen, Bolton, Braintree, Brent, Bournemouth Christchurch & Poole Council, Braintree, Breckland, Brentwood, Bristol, Bromsgrove, Calderdale, Cambridge, Camden, Cannock Chase, Carlisle, Charnwood, Chelmsford, Cherwell, Colchester, Copeland, Cornwall, Cotswolds, Coventry, Craven, Dacorum, Derby, Dorset (incorporating the former East Dorset, North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth & Portland authorities), Dudley, Durham, East Devon, East Staffordshire, Eastleigh, Epping Forest District Council, Fenland, Forest of Dean,  Gedling, Gloucester, Greater Manchester, Harborough, Harrogate, Hart District Council, Herefordshire, Hertsmere, Hinckley & Bosworth, London Borough of Hounslow, Kent County Council, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, Malvern Hills, Mendip, Mid Devon, Mole Valley, London Borough of Newham, Newcastle under Lyme, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Kesteven, North Warwickshire, North East Lincolnshire, North West Leicestershire, North Tyneside, Nottingham City Council, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, Redbridge, Redditch, Rochford, Rotherham, Rugby, Rushcliffe, Sandwell, Selby, Sevenoaks, Shropshire, Solihull, South Holland, South Somerset, South Staffordshire, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, South Hams, Southend on Sea, South Lakeland, South Northants, South West Devon, St. Helens, Stoke on Trent, Stratford upon Avon, Stroud, Tameside, Tamworth, Teignbridge, Telford & Wrekin, Torridge, Trafford, Uttlesford, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Warwick, West Devon, West Norfolk, West Oxfordshire, West Suffolk, Wolverhampton, Worcester, Wychavon, Wyre Forest...

For further information contact [email protected]

For the latest updates follow @emptyhomes on Twitter at https://twitter.com/emptyhomes

Over 100 councils take part in Empty Homes Week each year and this number is growing annually.

Councils participating in Empty Homes Week 2018 included:

Barnet Basildon Borough Council Bassetlaw District Council Bath & North East Somerset Council Bedford Borough Council Bolton Brent Bristol Calderdale Council Cambridge City Council Camden Cannock Chase District Council Charnwood Borough Council Cheltenham Borough Council Cherwell District Council Copeland Borough Council Cotswold District Council Cornwall Dorset including: North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Doncaster Council Durham County Council Eden District CouncilEnfield Epping Forest District Council Epsom & Ewell Council Exeter City Council Forest of Dean District Council Harborough District CouncilHigh Peak Borough Council Hull City Council Ipswich Isle of Wight Council Knowsley Leeds City Council Leicester City Council Lichfield District Council Mendip Council Mid Devon District Council NorthEast Lincs Newcastle City Council Northamptonshire Council North Dorset District Council North Norfolk District Council North Tyneside Council Northumberland County Council Oxford Plymouth City Council PrestonRedbridge Rochford District Council Rossendale Borough Council Rother District Council Rotherham MBC Salford Sandwell Council South Derbyshire District Council South Lakeland Northamptonshire Council Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Swindon Borough Council Stratford upon Avon West Dorset District Council West Lancashire West Oxfordshire District Council Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Wirral Council Wolverhampton City Council