Empty homes



East Ayrshire to adopt Council Tax changes to reduce empty buildings

New rules are to be introduced by East Ayrshire Council which will make it more expensive for owners to leave their properties unoccupied.

Published 25 July 2018

More than 700 long-term empty homes brought back into use

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) is celebrating strong progress over the last 12 months as it helped bring more than 700 homes lying empty for more than six months back into use.

Published 13 July 2018

Effort against Scotland’s empty homes steps up

Thousands more long-term, privately-owned empty homes across Scotland are in the sights of an expanded team which aims to use all its powers to bring them back into use.

Published 25 June 2018

Greens urge action on Scotland’s ‘hundred thousand' empty underused homes

The Scottish Government needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes and second homes if it is to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 6 June 2018

Western Isles appoints dedicated officer to tackle empty homes

Councillors on the Western Isles have backed in principal the introduction of a dedicated officer to help bring long-term, privately-owned empty homes back into use.

Published 26 April 2018

Building surveyors to restore empty homes on historic Borders estate

Independent property consultancy Galbraith has been appointed to bring six empty properties on a historic Borders estate back into use.

Published 16 March 2018

Bid to tackle long-term empty homes in West Lothian

West Lothian Council is to remove a council tax discount currently afforded to owners of long-term unoccupied properties as it takes steps to bring vacant homes back into use.

Published 12 February 2018

New partnership breathes new life into Inverclyde’s empty properties

A new project has been launched to tackle long-term privately-owned empty homes in Inverclyde.

Published 7 February 2018

Call for renovation loans to clear Scotland’s 1,000 long-term homes empty

The Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to introduce a new loan scheme to help with the cost of renovating empty homes, after the party discovered almost 1,000 properties have lain empty for over a decade.

Published 29 January 2018

Fresh drive to bring South Ayrshire empty homes back into full time use

Owners of unoccupied homes in South Ayrshire are being offered additional help to sell-up to increase the supply of affordable properties to the community.

Published 19 January 2018

Motherwell home becomes latest addition to council buyback scheme

North Lanarkshire Council’s flagship Empty Homes Purchase Scheme has delivered another property for rent in Motherwell as the local authority continues to provide additional affordable housing.

Published 5 January 2018

Derelict Barrhead home brought back to life

East Renfrewshire Council has continued its commitment to delivering additional affordable housing in the area with the renovation of a property in Barrhead.

Published 1 December 2017

Makar puts pen to paper on the cause of empty homes

Scots Makar Jackie Kay MBE has written a new poem about Scotland’s empty homes.

Published 16 November 2017

Funding for empty homes work in Scotland to double after ‘major successes’

Housing minister Kevin Stewart will today reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to double the money available for work that helps bring long-term, privately-owned empty homes back into use.

Published 15 November 2017