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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Plans to introduce compulsory sales orders (CSOs) for empty homes in Scotland have been backed by a number of councils.
Published 15 May 2019
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
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 City Council has launched a new empty homes service with support from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP).
Published 20 February 2019
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
A Conservative MSP has condemned the rise of empty properties within South Lanarkshire, and across Scotland, since 2007.
Published 14 December 2018
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
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