Stephen Bates is a young man who is bringing empty buildings back into use by addressing the personal and financial issues in housing. He stopped by to deliver us our second podcast.
He describes what he does as: “It’s a people’s game. Getting to know the people is the important part… I really do believe that property is secondary”.
More from Empty House Man here: https://www.facebook.com/emptyhouseman/
0:00 – Intro
3:40 – First time you went to someone’s door
11:00 – Current Project
16:00 – Housing issues in big international cities
18:44 – Addressing personal issues in housing
20:00 – Arguing over measurement systems with Michael
22:00 – The perspective of a landlord + advice for young tenants
27:30 – Fun Little Questions
27:50 – Who do you think is underappreciated in society
30:30 – What annoys you?
35:20 – If money was no longer an issue what would you do first?
39:00 – 200 miles on a skateboard
44:18 – A book, a movie and a musical piece
Here’s what it looks like:
Stephen is a South African / British Engineer, passionate about new ideas and innovations. He enjoys any kind of adventure sports and the outdoors. Since 2016, he has been pursuing the goal to bring empty houses back into use, thus, bringing life back to communities, as the “empty house man”.