Empty homes



Dundee and Angus empty homes project shortlisted for award

A joint Dundee City Council and Angus Council project to bring long-term privately-owned empty homes back into use has been nominated for a national award.

Published 3 November 2017

Blog: Making the best use of our assets – Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2017

Ahead of this year's Scottish Empty Homes Conference, Shelter Scotland’s Shaheena Din outlines what people can expect from the day.

Published 4 October 2017

Over 200 empty homes restored in Stirling

Over 200 empty homes across the Stirling Council area have been brought back into use since April 2013, equating to a massive £2.6 million generated in the region.

Published 21 September 2017

Empty homes scheme tackling North Lanarkshire housing shortage

A scheme to tackle the scourge of empty homes across North Lanarkshire is continuing to go from strength to strength.

Published 21 September 2017

Nominations sought to honour this year’s empty homes champions

Nominations are being sought to recognise the people working to bring Scotland’s 34,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes back into use.

Published 12 September 2017

New working group to make urgent recommendations to end rough sleeping

The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good.

Published 6 September 2017

Private developer makes history with first affordable housing grant

Carling Property Group (CPG) has become the first private developer in the country to receive affordable housing grant aid from the Scottish Government.

Published 22 August 2017

Orkney Islands Council appoints empty homes officer

Orkney Islands Council has become the first Scottish island authority to appoint an empty homes officer.

Published 17 August 2017

Blog: Empty homes on the Orkney Islands

Gavin Leask visits Orkney to see why the islands have amongst the highest rate of empty homes anywhere in Scotland.

Published 9 August 2017

Councils urged to invest in empty homes or miss out on benefits

Too many Scottish councils are missing out on gains available from bringing long-term empty homes back into use by failing to invest in the appropriate resources, according to the body leading the work in Scotland.

Published 1 August 2017

Derelict Midlothian building transformed into affordable housing

An empty Midlothian property, dubbed an eyesore by locals, has been transformed into quality affordable homes thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund.

Published 5 July 2017

Glasgow empty homes project saves £1m

Empty homes work in Glasgow has unlocked £1 million in VAT savings and boosted the delivery of much-needed affordable housing.

Published 13 June 2017

Campbeltown restoration project triumphs in national empty homes awards

An Argyll and Bute Council project to save a semi-derelict and vacant tenement building in Campbeltown town centre from demolition and bring it back to life has won two awards in the National Empty Homes Awards 2017.

Published 25 May 2017

Fresh drive to bring long-term empty homes back into use in South Ayrshire

Owners of unoccupied homes in South Ayrshire are being urged to consider selling them on to help free-up properties for people struggling to find accommodation.

Published 9 May 2017

Empty homes scheme success for North Ayrshire Council

An initiative to bring long-term vacant properties back into use in North Ayrshire has landed its first success.

Published 22 March 2017