Empty homes



E.ON launches pilot project to bring empty homes back into use

Energy supplier E.ON launched an innovative pilot project to help tackle the blight of long-term empty homes and the current housing shortage that persists across the UK.

Published 8 January 2019

MSP bemoans ‘dramatic rise’ in number of empty properties in South Lanarkshire

A Conservative MSP has condemned the rise of empty properties within South Lanarkshire, and across Scotland, since 2007.

Published 14 December 2018

Stirling Council officer honoured for empty homes work

A Stirling Council worker has received national recognition for her efforts in bringing empty homes back into use after scooping a prestigious award.

Published 13 December 2018

Empty homes work in Angus and Dundee recognised

The Empty Homes Service shared by Angus and Dundee councils has won a prestigious national award in recognition of its success at bringing vacant property back into use.

Published 30 November 2018

Argyll and Bute empty homes officer wins prestigious award

Argyll and Bute Council's empty homes officer, Kelly Ferns, has been named Outstanding Individual at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards for her commitment and dedication to empty homes work.

Published 29 November 2018

Conference to hear of step-change for empty homes work in Scotland

Delegates from across Scotland will hear about the range of successful initiatives and projects bringing new momentum to the challenge of turning long-term private empty properties in to homes again.

Published 26 November 2018

Stirling Council empty homes officer named a finalist at prestigious awards

A Stirling Council worker is in the running for two prestigious accolades for her efforts in bringing empty homes back into use. 

Published 25 October 2018

Views sought Orkney empty homes strategy

Orkney Islands Council is seeking views for its draft 'Empty Homes Strategy 2018-2023', which aims to sets out the ways in which the council can help Orkney's empty home owners to bring their properties back into use.

Published 4 October 2018

Council marks Scottish Housing Day with scheme to bring empty homes back into use

As organisations across the country mark Scottish Housing Day today, Aberdeenshire Council is highlighting its Empty Homes Advice and Information Service that aims to bring more properties back into use.

Published 19 September 2018

Blog: Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards 2018

By Gavin Leask from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

Published 13 September 2018

Efforts to bring Aberdeenshire homes back into use discussed

Work being undertaken to bring Aberdeenshire Council properties back into use was discussed at the latest meeting of the local authority’s communities committee.

Published 11 September 2018

Call for nominations for empty homes champions awards

An awards ceremony which recognises the work being done in the battle to bring Scotland’s 37,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes back into use is calling for nominations from across the country.

Published 29 August 2018

New laws required to tackle blight of vacant and derelict land

The Scottish Land Commission has called for a new Compulsory Sales Order (CSO) power to be introduced to tackle the blight of abandoned buildings and parcels of vacant and derelict land in town centres and communities across Scotland.

Published 16 August 2018

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