Empty homes



Most common reasons behind Scotland’s 27,000 empty homes revealed

A helpline set up to help reduce the number of empty homes in Scotland has revealed some of the reasons given for why privately-owned homes are left unoccupied for long periods of time.

Published 27 April 2016

Dundee and Angus join forces to tackle problem of empty homes

A new partnership has been launched to tackle the problem of empty homes across Dundee and Angus.

Published 23 February 2016

Scottish Borders approves tax increase to tackle empty homes

Scottish Borders Council has approved measures to increase the council tax paid on properties that have been empty for two or more years in an effort to bring hundreds derelict homes back into use.

Published 12 February 2016

Project aims to transform Glasgow’s empty properties into homes again

A new partnership has been launched to tackle the problem of Glasgow’s empty homes.

Published 9 February 2016

Blog: Scaling up and minding the gaps

By Scottish Empty Homes Partnership national manager Kristen Hubert

Published 8 February 2016

Social banks and funded feasibility studies could hold key to unlocking Scotland’s empty homes

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has proposed the creation of a community grants programme to help bring Scotland’s thousands of private empty homes back into use.

Published 3 February 2016

Council officer named ‘Outstanding Individual’ at national empty homes conference

Isobel Butt, Perth & Kinross Council's vacant property development officer, has been recognised for her work to bring both residential and commercial empty properties back into use.

Published 23 December 2015

Empty town centre properties to provide new affordable homes

A £4 million fund to transform abandoned and empty town centre properties will help create 87 new affordable homes.

Published 22 December 2015

Top award for North Lanarkshire empty homes scheme

North Lanarkshire Council’s Empty Homes Purchase Scheme has scooped the title of ‘The Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year’ in recognition of its exemplary contribution to the field of private sector empty homes work in Scotland.

Published 22 December 2015

National award for Argyll and Bute empty homes services

Argyll and Bute Council’s Empty Homes Service has scooped a top award at this year’s prestigious Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Conference in Edinburgh for the second year in a row.

Published 4 December 2015

Greens call for empty homes to be used to aid homelessness

Patrick Harvie, MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has called on the Scottish Government and local authorities to use all their powers to ease Scotland's housing and homelessness crises by putting empty properties back in use.

Published 2 December 2015

New loan fund to help bring empty Perth & Kinross buildings back into use

Perth & Kinross Council has this week officially launched its Empty Property Loan Fund - a new interest-free loan designed to help owners of long-term empty buildings to repair or convert them for use as affordable housing.

Published 2 December 2015

Conference to focus on £4.3 billion waste of Scotland’s empty homes

The potential value of Scotland’s empty homes is a staggering £4.3 billion, according to the organisation tasked with bringing them back into use.

Published 17 November 2015

Aberdeenshire Council offers year’s grace to empty home owners

Owners of empty properties in Aberdeenshire are to be given up to a year before an additional council tax fee is applied, as part of an effort to bring homes back into use more quickly.

Published 22 September 2015

Nationwide Foundation launches new £1m empty properties funding programme

The Nationwide Foundation is launching a new £1 million funding programme to bring long-term empty properties back into use as homes for people in housing need.

Published 15 September 2015