Empty homes



Forth Valley empty homes officer shortlisted for Robina Goodlad Excellence Award

A Forth Valley empty homes officer who has led efforts to bring empty homes back to use as affordable housing has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Published 14 October 2016

Vacant Moray homes to be transformed into high intensity rehabilitation unit

Renovation work is underway to transform six vacant properties in Moray into high intensity rehabilitation units for older people.

Published 14 October 2016

Search begins for Scotland’s 2016 empty homes champions

Nominations are being sought across Scotland to find the country’s 2016 empty homes champions.

Published 29 August 2016

Bringing empty homes back into use in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council has said its Empty Homes Initiative is delivering results by breathing life into vacant, derelict properties across the area and turning them into homes for local people.

Published 25 July 2016

New research reveals Scottish public’s concerns regarding empty homes

Scotland's local authorities have been urged to be more pro-active in tackling the problem of empty homes after a new survey revealed that 75 per cent of Scots think vacant properties are a direct cause of anti-social behaviour.

Published 22 July 2016

Over £110m worth of empty homes brought back into use in 12 months

The value of long-term private empty homes brought back into use across Scotland in the last year exceeded £110 million, according to a new report.

Published 4 July 2016

First Scottish winner of UK empty homes award

An empty homes officer from Forth Valley has become the first from Scotland to pick up a prestigious UK-wide award.

Published 26 May 2016

Blog: Empty Homes Advice Service – One year on

By Frances Snee, empty homes adviser at Shelter Scotland

Published 11 May 2016

YMCA Glenrothes receives funding to transform empty homes

Over £158,000 has been injected into affordable housing in Glenrothes to bring long-term empty properties back into use as homes for people who have experienced homelessness or are in housing need.

Published 10 May 2016

Most common reasons behind Scotland’s 27,000 empty homes revealed

A helpline set up to help reduce the number of empty homes in Scotland has revealed some of the reasons given for why privately-owned homes are left unoccupied for long periods of time.

Published 27 April 2016

Dundee and Angus join forces to tackle problem of empty homes

A new partnership has been launched to tackle the problem of empty homes across Dundee and Angus.

Published 23 February 2016

Scottish Borders approves tax increase to tackle empty homes

Scottish Borders Council has approved measures to increase the council tax paid on properties that have been empty for two or more years in an effort to bring hundreds derelict homes back into use.

Published 12 February 2016

Project aims to transform Glasgow’s empty properties into homes again

A new partnership has been launched to tackle the problem of Glasgow’s empty homes.

Published 9 February 2016

Blog: Scaling up and minding the gaps

By Scottish Empty Homes Partnership national manager Kristen Hubert

Published 8 February 2016

Social banks and funded feasibility studies could hold key to unlocking Scotland’s empty homes

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has proposed the creation of a community grants programme to help bring Scotland’s thousands of private empty homes back into use.

Published 3 February 2016