Empty homes



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

Councils back plans to force sale of empty homes

Plans to introduce compulsory sales orders (CSOs) for empty homes in Scotland have been backed by a number of councils.

Published 15 May 2019

Holyrood committee launches inquiry into Scotland’s empty homes

The extent of empty homes and how these can be brought back into use is to be investigated by the Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee.

Published 5 April 2019

Council brings more empty Argyll and Bute homes back into use

A total of 37 empty homes were brought back into use in Argyll and Bute from April through to December last year – exceeding Argyll and Bute Council’s annual target of 25.

Published 15 March 2019

Aberdeen to launch new empty homes service

Aberdeen City Council has launched a new empty homes service with support from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP).

Published 20 February 2019

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