Get involved in the 'Empty Homes Day of Action' on Saturday April 17th 2021

The Day of Action aims to raise public awareness of the rising number of long-term empty homes and homes without a permanent resident in England. Government and market data show there are around:

  • 270,000 long-term empty homes
  • 260,000 second-homes with no permanent resident
  • 120,000 Airbnb type short-lets (London Councils estimate there are over 70,000 short-lets in London alone)

We are calling this Day of Action for three reasons:

  1. The pandemic has highlighted the health impacts of Temporary Accommodation and overcrowding - it has created a health emergency.

  1. The wrong kind of housing is being built in metropolitan areas. 

  3. Building the wrong kind of housing has created a crisis of affordability.

What will happen on the Day of Action?

  • Campaigners will be staging photoshoots using campaign banners and placards outside new developments that do not contain any social housing, decanted council homes, housing association empty homes and older large residential properties that are long term empty.

  • We will gather all the photoshoots and put them on our national websites and issue both local and national press releases for publicity purposes and demonstrate the breadth of support for the Day of Action. We aim to build a national picture of the problem.

How you can get involved

1. Organise your own local photoshoot or selfie for the Day of Action. Send your photos to [email protected] 

CLICK HERE to download a Guide to organising your own Photoshoot

2. Order some of our Day of Action posters for your photoshoot - make a £10 donation to Action on Empty Homes to help us cover our costs - they will be available on Monday 6 April.To order: Email [email protected]

The posters will carry the following messages and hashtags: 

'We are in a housing & health emergency!'  'Take Action on Empty Homes'  'Why is this home empty?' 

#PrettyVacant    #EmptyHomes    #Fillemup   #HomesNeedResidents   #TheWrongHousing

3. Put out a local press release - If you would like a press release template to add you local details to please email us at info [@]

  - you can add the numbers for your local area:

    To find how many empty homes there are in your council area go click here:

    To find our about whole-home Airbnbs in your council area visit here:

4. Use your social media to advertise the Day of Action.

We will post resources on our webpages to help you make the best impact on the day. and

For more information call:

Will at Action on Empty Homes on 07968 950223 or Tanya at Homes for All on: 07792 786192


Posters: Click these links to see CAMPAIGN POSTERS to order posters for your local campaign get in touch with Will or Tanya. Posters are available in A1,2,3 and 4 sizes.




Letter 1: to send to organisations in your area inviting them to support the campaign CLICK HERE

Letter 2: to send to your local councillors inviting them to support the campaign CLICK HERE

Letter 3: to send to your local MP inviting them to support the campaign CLICK HERE

Letter 4: to send to candidates in local elections on May 6th CLICK HERE FOR LETTER - if an election is taking place in your area, the letter invites candidates to support the campaign 

- if you are unsure whether there are local elections in your area you can check by clicking here