In the UK there are nearly 800,000 empty properties. Eight local authorities in Surrey and Hampshire are working in partnership to reduce the number of empty properties in our area by providing advice and assistance to the public and owners of empty properties to help bring them back into use.
Communities Minister Andrew Stunell has this week called on communities to tackle empty homes by taking advantage of incentives such as New Homes Bonus and self-help schemes.
On 2nd November 2010, the Surrey & Hampshire Improvement Partnership (SHIP) hosted a best practice event in Woking for neighbouring local authorities and voluntary organisations on empty properties.
Communities secretary Eric Pickles is allocating £100 million for local authorities to bring empty homes back into use.
The Homes and Communities Agency will map every empty home in England in a bid to dramatically reduce their number - an estimated 652,000.
The government is considering handing social landlords new financial incentives to persuade them to bring empty homes back into use.