Empty homes



Project aims to bring empty homes back to life in Angus

Angus Council and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership are aiming to encourage owners of long-term empty properties to transform them into homes that people would want to live in.

Published 26 January 2017

Blog: House completion party in Dunoon

Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland, visits Argyll to see the successful completion of an empty home renovation.

Published 29 November 2016

Council-led Campbeltown regeneration project wins national empty homes award

The project to bring a vacant B-listed 18th century tenement on Campbeltown’s Main Street back to life has won a prestigious national award.

Published 21 November 2016

Empty homes costing Scotland ‘more than £250m a year’

Before and after shots of a renovation of a large empty property in Campbeltown

Published 15 November 2016

Top marks for Highland schoolhouse conversion

Rural communities struggling to meet demand for local housing are being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of the Highland village of Achiltibuie and apply to a Scottish Government fund to help convert empty properties into homes.

Published 27 October 2016

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer to give keynote speech at Scottish empty homes conference

The ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher is to take to the stage at a conference on returning empty homes to use.

Published 18 October 2016

Forth Valley empty homes officer shortlisted for Robina Goodlad Excellence Award

A Forth Valley empty homes officer who has led efforts to bring empty homes back to use as affordable housing has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Published 14 October 2016

Vacant Moray homes to be transformed into high intensity rehabilitation unit

Renovation work is underway to transform six vacant properties in Moray into high intensity rehabilitation units for older people.

Published 14 October 2016

Search begins for Scotland’s 2016 empty homes champions

Nominations are being sought across Scotland to find the country’s 2016 empty homes champions.

Published 29 August 2016

Bringing empty homes back into use in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council has said its Empty Homes Initiative is delivering results by breathing life into vacant, derelict properties across the area and turning them into homes for local people.

Published 25 July 2016

New research reveals Scottish public’s concerns regarding empty homes

Scotland's local authorities have been urged to be more pro-active in tackling the problem of empty homes after a new survey revealed that 75 per cent of Scots think vacant properties are a direct cause of anti-social behaviour.

Published 22 July 2016

Over £110m worth of empty homes brought back into use in 12 months

The value of long-term private empty homes brought back into use across Scotland in the last year exceeded £110 million, according to a new report.

Published 4 July 2016

First Scottish winner of UK empty homes award

An empty homes officer from Forth Valley has become the first from Scotland to pick up a prestigious UK-wide award.

Published 26 May 2016

Blog: Empty Homes Advice Service – One year on

By Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 May 2016

YMCA Glenrothes receives funding to transform empty homes

Over £158,000 has been injected into affordable housing in Glenrothes to bring long-term empty properties back into use as homes for people who have experienced homelessness or are in housing need.

Published 10 May 2016