Boris Johnson has thrown his weight behind Inside Housing’s campaign to tackle empty homes.
The London Mayor’s support brings the total number of backs of our Empty Promise campaign to 366.
Writing on our website, the Mayor’s director of housing, Richard Blakeway, called Mr Johnson an ‘enthusiastic backer’ of the campaign.
Last week City Hall pledged to spend £60 million tackling empty homes in the capital.
The campaign has already achieved its aim of securing more government advice for councils to use empty dwelling management orders.
A second demand – for grant for landlords to bring empty homes back into use – is to be trialled by the Homes and Communities Agency.
It is up to Chancellor Alistair Darling will reveal whether he has met the third demand of a 10 per cent VAT cut on repairs and renovations when he delivers his budget later this month.
Next week Inside Housing will visit Number 10 Downing Street to deliver its Empty Promise petition to the Prime Minister.
Visit www.insidehousing.co.uk/emptypromise to pledge your support for the campaign