Empty homes



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

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership annual conference takes place today

Local government officers and others tackling the problem of empty homes across Scotland are meeting at the sell-out Scottish Empty Homes Partnership annual conference in Edinburgh today.

Published 20 November 2019

Glasgow considers compulsory purchase powers as part of empty homes strategy

Between 200-250 empty homes back into use annually over three years if Glasgow councillors approve the next stages of a new strategy.

Published 20 November 2019

Call for compulsory sales orders to tackle empty homes

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish Government to fulfil its commitment and introduce compulsory sales orders to tackle the blight of empty homes.

Published 11 November 2019

More than 100 empty homes a month brought back into use in Scotland

New data from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has revealed that more than 100 formerly empty homes are being brought back into use every month thanks to specialist staff in Scottish local councils.

Published 11 November 2019

Scottish empty homes champions shortlisted for annual awards

Sixteen finalists from Ayrshire to North Ronaldsay in Orkney have been shortlisted in the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards.

Published 25 October 2019

Jennifer Jack: Knocking on the door of the empty homes conundrum at COSLA conference

Harper Macleod’s Jennifer Jack discusses the COSLA conference taking place in St Andrews this week and the powers local authorities have to get empty homes back into use.

Published 10 October 2019

Over 2,000 homes are empty in Aberdeen

A report has revealed that more than 2,000 homes are lying empty in Aberdeen.

Published 25 September 2019

Government questioned over ‘abandoned’ empty homes pledge

The Scottish Government has been criticised for abandoning its manifesto pledge to introduce compulsory sale orders to help councils deal with empty homes and regenerate vacant and derelict land.

Published 5 September 2019

Call for nominations for empty homes champions awards

Shelter Scotland is calling for nominations for an awards ceremony to recognise the work of people fighting to bring Scotland's 39,000 privately-owned, long-term empty homes back into use.

Published 29 August 2019

Housing minister told of work to tackle empty homes in Falkirk

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has met with Falkirk Council’s head of housing services to hear about the work being done to combat empty homes in the area.

Published 9 August 2019

Scots back action against owners of empty homes but almost half say they wouldn’t report one

A majority of Scots agree that empty homes lead to a reduction in the amount of available housing and believe private owners of empty homes should be pressured to bring them back into use, according to new opinion polling.

Published 31 July 2019

More than 1,000 empty homes brought back in record-breaking year

A record number of privately-owned empty homes in Scotland were brought back into use with help from local councils last year.

Published 12 June 2019

Policy flexibility key to opening up Scotland’s empty rural homes

More empty homes in the countryside could be returned to use if greater policy flexibility was available to recognise the “unique circumstances” of rural Scotland, according to Scottish Land & Estates.

Published 6 June 2019

Success for South Ayrshire empty homes initiative

South Ayrshire Council has more than exceeded its targets for bringing empty private properties back into use, new figures have revealed.

Published 21 May 2019