Empty property

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on empty property. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
18.01.2016Empty housing (England)
This briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
10.03.2015Constituency casework: housing (England)
This note provides a guide to reliable sources of information (including other House of Commons Library briefings) for answering common constituents' housing problems.
30.10.2013Housing Market Renewal Pathfinders
This note provides information on the Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder programme which was initiated under the Labour Government.
29.10.2012Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs)
This note explains local authorities' powers to tackle privately owned dwellings that have been empty for a period of time.
30.05.2007The Rating (Empty Properties) Bill
The Rating (Empty Properties) Bill. (Bill 102 of 2006-07) House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/49
18.08.2006Affordable housing in England

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
06.04.2010SOUTH LAKELAND DISTRICT HOUSING WAITING LIST
That this House notes that South Lakeland District Council's figures show that there are 1,000 empty properties in the district; further notes that Shelter's figures show that there ...
10.03.2010EMPTY PROPERTY RATES
That this House welcomes the increase in empty property rates threshold from 15,000 to 18,000, but considers it to be a short-term solution to a long-standing problem; and calls for ...
13.01.2010EMPTY HOMES
That this House is concerned by the rising number of empty homes in England; notes that of the 784,000 homes which currently vacant 327,000 have been empty for a period of more than ...
02.11.2009EMPTY HOMES
That this House is concerned by the rising number of empty homes in England; notes that of the 784,000 homes which are currently vacant, 327,000 have been empty for a period of more ...
21.01.2009EMPTY BUSINESS PROPERTY RATES
That this House notes the Government's empty property rate relief is causing some perfectly good properties to be destroyed or let at a peppercorn rent to reduce the rate burden for ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses