Empty homes



Private developer makes history with first affordable housing grant

Carling Property Group (CPG) has become the first private developer in the country to receive affordable housing grant aid from the Scottish Government.

Published 22 August 2017

Orkney Islands Council appoints empty homes officer

Orkney Islands Council has become the first Scottish island authority to appoint an empty homes officer.

Published 17 August 2017

Blog: Empty homes on the Orkney Islands

Gavin Leask visits Orkney to see why the islands have amongst the highest rate of empty homes anywhere in Scotland.

Published 9 August 2017

Councils urged to invest in empty homes or miss out on benefits

Too many Scottish councils are missing out on gains available from bringing long-term empty homes back into use by failing to invest in the appropriate resources, according to the body leading the work in Scotland.

Published 1 August 2017

Derelict Midlothian building transformed into affordable housing

An empty Midlothian property, dubbed an eyesore by locals, has been transformed into quality affordable homes thanks to funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Empty Homes Fund.

Published 5 July 2017

Glasgow empty homes project saves £1m

Empty homes work in Glasgow has unlocked £1 million in VAT savings and boosted the delivery of much-needed affordable housing.

Published 13 June 2017

Campbeltown restoration project triumphs in national empty homes awards

An Argyll and Bute Council project to save a semi-derelict and vacant tenement building in Campbeltown town centre from demolition and bring it back to life has won two awards in the National Empty Homes Awards 2017.

Published 25 May 2017

Fresh drive to bring long-term empty homes back into use in South Ayrshire

Owners of unoccupied homes in South Ayrshire are being urged to consider selling them on to help free-up properties for people struggling to find accommodation.

Published 9 May 2017

Empty homes scheme success for North Ayrshire Council

An initiative to bring long-term vacant properties back into use in North Ayrshire has landed its first success.

Published 22 March 2017

Project aims to bring empty homes back to life in Angus

Angus Council and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership are aiming to encourage owners of long-term empty properties to transform them into homes that people would want to live in.

Published 26 January 2017

Blog: House completion party in Dunoon

Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland, visits Argyll to see the successful completion of an empty home renovation.

Published 29 November 2016

Council-led Campbeltown regeneration project wins national empty homes award

The project to bring a vacant B-listed 18th century tenement on Campbeltown’s Main Street back to life has won a prestigious national award.

Published 21 November 2016

Empty homes costing Scotland ‘more than £250m a year’

Before and after shots of a renovation of a large empty property in Campbeltown

Published 15 November 2016

Top marks for Highland schoolhouse conversion

Rural communities struggling to meet demand for local housing are being encouraged to follow in the footsteps of the Highland village of Achiltibuie and apply to a Scottish Government fund to help convert empty properties into homes.

Published 27 October 2016

Ex-Buzzcocks drummer to give keynote speech at Scottish empty homes conference

The ex-Buzzcocks drummer John Maher is to take to the stage at a conference on returning empty homes to use.

Published 18 October 2016