Empty homes



Bid to tackle long-term empty homes in West Lothian

West Lothian Council is to remove a council tax discount currently afforded to owners of long-term unoccupied properties as it takes steps to bring vacant homes back into use.

Published 12 February 2018

New partnership breathes new life into Inverclyde’s empty properties

A new project has been launched to tackle long-term privately-owned empty homes in Inverclyde.

Published 7 February 2018

Call for renovation loans to clear Scotland’s 1,000 long-term homes empty

The Liberal Democrats have urged the Scottish Government to introduce a new loan scheme to help with the cost of renovating empty homes, after the party discovered almost 1,000 properties have lain empty for over a decade.

Published 29 January 2018

Fresh drive to bring South Ayrshire empty homes back into full time use

Owners of unoccupied homes in South Ayrshire are being offered additional help to sell-up to increase the supply of affordable properties to the community.

Published 19 January 2018

Motherwell home becomes latest addition to council buyback scheme

North Lanarkshire Council’s flagship Empty Homes Purchase Scheme has delivered another property for rent in Motherwell as the local authority continues to provide additional affordable housing.

Published 5 January 2018

Derelict Barrhead home brought back to life

East Renfrewshire Council has continued its commitment to delivering additional affordable housing in the area with the renovation of a property in Barrhead.

Published 1 December 2017

Makar puts pen to paper on the cause of empty homes

Scots Makar Jackie Kay MBE has written a new poem about Scotland’s empty homes.

Published 16 November 2017

Funding for empty homes work in Scotland to double after ‘major successes’

Housing minister Kevin Stewart will today reaffirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to double the money available for work that helps bring long-term, privately-owned empty homes back into use.

Published 15 November 2017

Dundee and Angus empty homes project shortlisted for award

A joint Dundee City Council and Angus Council project to bring long-term privately-owned empty homes back into use has been nominated for a national award.

Published 3 November 2017

Blog: Making the best use of our assets – Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2017

Ahead of this year's Scottish Empty Homes Conference, Shelter Scotland’s Shaheena Din outlines what people can expect from the day.

Published 4 October 2017

Over 200 empty homes restored in Stirling

Over 200 empty homes across the Stirling Council area have been brought back into use since April 2013, equating to a massive £2.6 million generated in the region.

Published 21 September 2017

Empty homes scheme tackling North Lanarkshire housing shortage

A scheme to tackle the scourge of empty homes across North Lanarkshire is continuing to go from strength to strength.

Published 21 September 2017

Nominations sought to honour this year’s empty homes champions

Nominations are being sought to recognise the people working to bring Scotland’s 34,000 privately-owned long-term empty homes back into use.

Published 12 September 2017

New working group to make urgent recommendations to end rough sleeping

The Scottish Government has pledged to establish an expert group together with a £50 million fund with the aim of eradicating homelessness for good.

Published 6 September 2017