Empty Promise

We launched this campaign in 2009, calling on the government to take a range of steps to tackle the scandal of empty homes.

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Standing empty

10/08/2016 | By Sara Graves

It is a travesty that so many homes are left empty when there is such a shortage of affordable homes, says Sara Graves

Boarded up homes

Numbers of empty homes falls, says HCA research

20/08/2012 | By Carl Brown

The proportion of homes in the sector which are empty has fallen, according to a survey published by the Homes and Communities Agency today.

George Clarke, Nirvair Sander, Jonathan Driffill

Empty homes campaigner attacks squatting plans

06/12/2011 | By Tom Lloyd

The presenter of a Channel 4 programme highlighting the ‘scandal’ of empty homes has slammed government plans to criminalise squatting.

Stuart Macdonald

Fill the gaps

06/05/2011 | By Stuart Macdonald

In 2009 this magazine’s Empty Promise campaign led calls for social housing organisations to raise their game in tackling the then almost 1 million empty homes in the UK. News that the number of empty homes in England has dropped significantly is, on the face of it, therefore, to be welcomed.

Empty homes in the North of England

£96.4m borrowing potential for HAs

13/01/2011 | By Carl Brown

Four housing associations could increase their combined borrowing capacity by £96.4 million over five years by selling off stock or switching empty properties to different tenures.


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