Empty Homes Week 2021 News: 

Because of C-19 restrictions and their impact on local councils, the 2020 event was rescheduled and Empty Homes Week 2021 will now take place across England from the 15th - 21st February 2021.

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 February 2021.

For more information contact [email protected]

Across the country local councils have launched action and information campaigns.

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

This year we expect to see a lot of online and social media activity and are encouraging sharing of images of both current empties and those brought back into use as occupied homes - please send any images or other material to us and let us know what is going on in your area.

In the last National Empty Homes Week...

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 2019 initiatives in more detail search #EmptyHomesWeek2019 on Twitter.

The new hashtag for 2021 is #EmptyHomesWeek2021

Over 120 councils participated in 2019 including:

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