Scottish Empty Homes Conference

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced that the 10th Scottish Empty Homes Conference will be held on an online digital platform from 1 – 3 February 2021 with tickets from as little as £15.

With the theme ‘Providing Homes, Helping Recovery’, this year’s conference will reflect on the work of the past decade and look at current challenges in Scotland. Best practices and insights touching on all aspects of empty homes work will be shared.

The conference will feature sessions for all those involved in empty homes work – from landlords to local authority employees, contractors and community leaders – as well as interested members of the public.

Best practices and insights touching on all aspects of empty homes work will be shared, from how local authorities can use innovative tactics to bring back empty homes to the role of empty homes in addressing Scotland’s housing crisis.

Kevin Stewart, Scotland’s minister for local government, housing and planning, will be presenting and answering questions from participants.

The conference will be held over four consecutive mornings and flexible ticket options will be offered. The new digital platform will allow for a dynamic conference including interactive workshops and plenty of opportunities for networking.

In addition, the 10th Scottish Empty Homes Awards ceremony will take place during the conference to showcase and celebrate the work of organisations and individuals over the past year.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland. We exist to encourage Scotland’s approximately 40,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes back into use. At a time of a housing emergency we know that every home matters.

The partnership was first formed in 2010, after the review of the private rented sector identified that empty homes can play an important part in meeting our housing challenges.

Our aim is to bring as many privately-owned empty homes back into use as possible by meeting our four objectives:

  • Encourage every council in Scotland to have a dedicated Empty Homes Officer
  • Support the national network of Empty Homes Officers
  • Encourage registered social landlords, community groups and other private bodies to engage in empty homes work
  • Encourage councils to mainstream empty homes work

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Sponsorship opportunities are currently available for interested organisations.