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  • 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

    24.06.2016Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs)
    This Commons Library Briefing Paper explains local authorities' powers to tackle privately owned dwellings that have been empty for two years through the use of an Empty Dwelling Management Order.
    05.05.2016Empty housing (England)
    This Housing of Commons Library briefing outlines local authorities' powers to tackle empty housing and other relevant initiatives. It also discusses Government action around this issue.
    15.04.2016The New Homes Bonus Scheme (England)
    This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how the New Homes Bonus works and provides comment on its impact. The New Homes Bonus is a Government scheme which is aimed at encouraging local authorities to grant planning permissions for the building of new homes in return for additional revenue.
    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.
    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

    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 ...
    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 ...
    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 ...


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    • 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