You can view the speakers and a recording of the national livestream from the event at 

Here are some links to coverage of the Day of Action:

Manchester: https://themeteor.org/2021/04/17/empty-homes-increase-by-19-across-manchester-in-a-year/

Newham: https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/housing/canning-town-housing-protest-7896994

Also in the Newham Recorder 'Council houses now': https://www.newhamrecorder.co.uk/news/housing/people-before-profit-canning-town-protest-7907198

Southwark - where long-term empties are up 61% and so-called 'second homes' (or 'furnished empties as the council terms them) are up 600%: https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/news/walworth-protesters-demand-action-on-empty-southwark-homes/

London News Online - '20,000 empty homes in South London': https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/over-20000-homes-stand-empty-across-south-london-while-homeless-families-struggle/

Editorial comment in Southwark News – ‘Government needs to step in on empty homes’: https://www.southwarknews.co.uk/comment/government-needs-to-step-in-on-empty-homes/

Suffolk: https://www.sudburymercury.co.uk/news/housing/rise-in-number-of-long-term-empty-homes-7903796

Islington protest gets support from local MP Jeremy Corbyn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm2HoDHi6AI&t=8s

We will update with further links and info in relation to local events.

This is why we called a day of action and what we set out to achieve:

The Day of Action is 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 called 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 happened on the Day of Action?

  • Campaigners staged 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 livestreamed an online rally with national speakers and updates from local events on multiple platforms from 11am to 12pm

Speakers were:

John Bird, Big Issue founder

Steve Turner Unite, the Union

Tanya Murat, Homes For All

Will McMahon, Action on Empty Homes

Ellen Clifford, Author and Disabled People Against Cuts

Jon Glackin, Streets Kitchen

Tyrone Scott, Shelter

  • We will gather all the photoshoots and put them on our national websites to demonstrate the breadth of support for the Day of Action.

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 your local details to please email us at info [@] actiononemptyhomes.org

  - 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: https://www.airdna.co/

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.

https://www.actiononemptyhomes.org/ and http://www.axethehousingact.org.uk/

For more information call:

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

CAMPAIGN RESOURCES:

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.

Poster 1: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE A4              For home print version click here

Poster 2: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE A4              For home print version click here

Poster 3: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE A4              For home print version click here

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

CAMPAIGN SUPPORTERS:

The Empty Homes Day of Action on Saturday 17 April is being supported by a growing coalition of organisations.

From Acorn Leeds and the Big Issue, to Streets Kitchen and Unite the Union (London and Eastern Region), the coalition also includes:

Defend Council Housing, Disable People Against Cuts, Greater Manchester Housing Action, Harlow Trades Council, People Before Profit, Social Housing Action Campaign, Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations and Street Storage. All these organisations and many other local groups are joining with Action on Empty Homes and Homes4All in supporting the day of action.

[i] Government and market data show there are around:

270,000 long-term empty homes (268,385)

260,000 second-homes with no permanent resident (263,000)

120,000 Airbnb type short-lets (London Councils estimate there are over 73,000 short-lets in London alone )

100,000 families in Temporary Accommodation

Government data shows the current total of ‘all vacant homes’ in England as 665,628, with 268,385 of these classed as long-term vacants.

Table 615: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/live-tables-on-dwelling-stock-including-vacants

In addition MHCLG data records a further 263,000 homes with no residents classified as ‘second homes’. This gives a current total of homes without residents of over 928,000.