Empty Homes Toolkit
In partnership with practitioners, councils and government agencies from across the housing and regeneration the HCA has developed England’s first online empty homes knowledge resource the ‘Empty Homes toolkit’.
The toolkit is designed to be useful for a wide range of audiences – from property owners, and concerned neighbours, to council officers and local councillors, who have a front-line role in helping and enabling their communities to tackle many of the challenges posed by empty properties.
It provides advice and information on all the important aspects of returning an empty home into use. From each page there are links to further pages providing additional information. You may not find everything you need in the toolkit, although it is intended to be a detailed overview of the subject. But there are numerous links to external websites and publications where you can go to find more detailed information.
The toolkit aims to answer questions that are frequently asked such as:
- Why is it important to re-use empty homes?
- Why do homes become empty?
- Where are the empty homes?
- Who can get empty homes into use?
- Where can I go to get grants and loans?
A feature of the toolkit are the range of practical case studies providing examples from organisations working to bring empty back into use from private, public and third sectors. The toolkit is accessible from the HCA website or through this link: