Empty homes

Most long-term empty homes in Borders located in Hawick and Galashiels

Galashiels Town Centre, Hawick Town Centre, Hawick Trinity and Hawick Wellogate had more than 5% of properties classified as Long-Term Empty (LTE) in each of the past four years (2016-2019), according to new data from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP).

Published 29 September 2020

Moray residents with empty properties may be eligible for COVID-19 grant

Moray residents with empty properties may be eligible for a COVID-19 grant to reduce their levy payment.

Published 1 September 2020

Partnership marks record-breaking decade of bringing empty homes back into use

Scottish councils have been urged to make empty homes work a cornerstone of post-pandemic recovery after a record number of privately-owned vacant properties were brought back into use last year.

Published 29 June 2020

Aberdeen empty homes total triples in four years

The number of empty homes in Aberdeen has almost tripled in the last four years.

Published 22 June 2020

Compulsory purchase to bring two empty Govanhill homes back into productive use

The promotion of the compulsory purchase of two empty homes in Govanhill has been agreed by Glasgow City Council. The purchases of these pr

Published 18 June 2020

Scottish Government 'unable to take forward' work on empty homes

The Scottish Government’s work to tackle empty homes has been put on hold due to “changed priorities” and the implications of the coronavirus crisis, housing minister Kevin Stewart has admitted.

Published 9 June 2020

Joint letter to housing sector on voids processing

A letter has been issued to the housing sector on the importance of bringing empty properties back into use and support for victims of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Published 1 June 2020

Edinburgh tackles homelessness and empty homes with Private Sector Leasing scheme

Private landlords and other property owners left with empty homes in Edinburgh due to coronavirus are being encouraged to help local people and families in critical housing need through a new scheme which aims to provide a better alternative to other forms of temporary homeless accommodation.

Published 18 May 2020

South Lanarkshire Council to appoint full-time empty homes officer

Services are set to be enhanced in South Lanarkshire which aim to increase the number of long term empty homes being brought back into use.

Published 24 February 2020

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

SNP MSP Gordon MacDonald has renewed the party’s call for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to use empty homes to house veterans – after new figures showed more than 1,000 army homes remain unoccupied.

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