'Not the right housing'

Increase in long-term empties discredits rise in house building, says Action on Empty Homes, as London empty homes numbers rise to 25,000. Speculation mounts that unsold newbuild is contributing as Hounslow tops national figures with 158% rise. Read more

Housing Campaigners meet to discuss 'Buy-to-Leave' in London

Oct 17th saw Action on Empty Homes hold a campaign meeting for local housing activists on 'buy to leave' and wealth investment in London residential property Read more

Empty Homes England 2019 is available now

Our new annual report on the state of the empty homes problem in England reports the second consecutive annual increase in numbers to over 216,000 and the fastest rise in a decade Read more

National Empty Homes Week 2019 Sept 23rd - 29th

This year the housing crisis has intensified as long-term empty homes numbers rose by nearly 11,000 to over 216,000 focusing public attention on the problem Read more

Great Places Commission Report seeks investment and end to auction disposals of Social Homes

National Housing Federation's eagerly-anticipated report recommends how we create great places to live. Topping list are investment, national Landlords register, community assets and an end to auction sell-offs of social homes. Read more

Why 'affordable' homes in Derby are standing empty

Homes stand empty after housing associations reject new build homes that do not meet social housing space standards Read more

Bethnal Green home left empty for months awaiting auction sell-off to go to homeless family

Bethnal Green home left empty for months while Peabody attempted auction sell-offs is now to house a homeless family after a successful campaign led by local activists and backed by Action on Empty Homes. Read more

Bradford has over 4,000 long-term empty homes report Big Issue

In a story headlined 'Empty Promises' the Big Issue North reports on Bradford's 4,000 plus empty homes. While nearly 16,000 languish on council waiting lists and action has been taken on less than 100 Read more

Grisly discovery halts auction sell-off

Grisly discovery of body in Islington bin may show role of empty homes and poorly managed property in local social breakdown Read more

York labelled city in housing crisis as new administration takes reins

Agenda setting front page York article on near 50% rise in empty homes, as new administration takes shape at local council following May 2019 local elections Read more

London Mayoral hopeful calls for more action on empty homes

Conservative candidate for London Mayor promises empties action Read more

Amsterdam ponders buy to let ban

News from the Netherlands on a proposal to ban buy to let Read more