Empty homes



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

Effort against Scotland’s empty homes steps up

Thousands more long-term, privately-owned empty homes across Scotland are in the sights of an expanded team which aims to use all its powers to bring them back into use.

Published 25 June 2018

Greens urge action on Scotland’s ‘hundred thousand' empty underused homes

The Scottish Government needs to play catch-up on the worsening problem of empty homes and second homes if it is to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Scottish Greens.

Published 6 June 2018

Western Isles appoints dedicated officer to tackle empty homes

Councillors on the Western Isles have backed in principal the introduction of a dedicated officer to help bring long-term, privately-owned empty homes back into use.

Published 26 April 2018

Building surveyors to restore empty homes on historic Borders estate

Independent property consultancy Galbraith has been appointed to bring six empty properties on a historic Borders estate back into use.

Published 16 March 2018