Empty homes



Edinburgh appoints empty homes officer

The City of Edinburgh Council has boosted its ability to tackle the waste of long-term vacant, privately-owned homes with the appointment of a dedicated empty homes officer. 

Published 22 January 2020

Western Isles empty homes scheme used for Airbnb style lets

Empty homes renovated under a scheme intended to ease pressure on housing stocks are being rented out to tourists in the Western Isles, according to a new report.

Published 16 January 2020

Parliamentary committee to debate Scotland's empty homes

The Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee will hold a debate today as part of its inquiry into empty homes in Scotland.

Published 7 January 2020

SNP calls for action on empty army homes

Published 23 December 2019

North Ayrshire Council hailed for empty homes initiative

North Ayrshire Council has been congratulated for its outstanding efforts to bring empty homes back into use.

Published 18 December 2019

Glasgow City Council's empty homes strategy approved

A strategy to bring between 200-250 empty homes back into use annually over three years in Glasgow has been approved by councillors.

Published 3 December 2019

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership annual conference takes place today

Local government officers and others tackling the problem of empty homes across Scotland are meeting at the sell-out Scottish Empty Homes Partnership annual conference in Edinburgh today.

Published 20 November 2019

Glasgow considers compulsory purchase powers as part of empty homes strategy

Between 200-250 empty homes back into use annually over three years if Glasgow councillors approve the next stages of a new strategy.

Published 20 November 2019

Call for compulsory sales orders to tackle empty homes

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish Government to fulfil its commitment and introduce compulsory sales orders to tackle the blight of empty homes.

Published 11 November 2019

More than 100 empty homes a month brought back into use in Scotland

New data from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has revealed that more than 100 formerly empty homes are being brought back into use every month thanks to specialist staff in Scottish local councils.

Published 11 November 2019

Scottish empty homes champions shortlisted for annual awards

Sixteen finalists from Ayrshire to North Ronaldsay in Orkney have been shortlisted in the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards.

Published 25 October 2019

Jennifer Jack: Knocking on the door of the empty homes conundrum at COSLA conference

Harper Macleod’s Jennifer Jack discusses the COSLA conference taking place in St Andrews this week and the powers local authorities have to get empty homes back into use.

Published 10 October 2019

Over 2,000 homes are empty in Aberdeen

A report has revealed that more than 2,000 homes are lying empty in Aberdeen.

Published 25 September 2019

Government questioned over ‘abandoned’ empty homes pledge

The Scottish Government has been criticised for abandoning its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

Published 5 September 2019