Empty homes



Council officer named ‘Outstanding Individual’ at national empty homes conference

Isobel Butt, Perth & Kinross Council's vacant property development officer, has been recognised for her work to bring both residential and commercial empty properties back into use.

Published 23 December 2015

Empty town centre properties to provide new affordable homes

A £4 million fund to transform abandoned and empty town centre properties will help create 87 new affordable homes.

Published 22 December 2015

Top award for North Lanarkshire empty homes scheme

North Lanarkshire Council’s Empty Homes Purchase Scheme has scooped the title of ‘The Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year’ in recognition of its exemplary contribution to the field of private sector empty homes work in Scotland.

Published 22 December 2015

National award for Argyll and Bute empty homes services

Argyll and Bute Council’s Empty Homes Service has scooped a top award at this year’s prestigious Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Conference in Edinburgh for the second year in a row.

Published 4 December 2015

Greens call for empty homes to be used to aid homelessness

Patrick Harvie, MSP and co-convenor of the Scottish Greens, has called on the Scottish Government and local authorities to use all their powers to ease Scotland's housing and homelessness crises by putting empty properties back in use.

Published 2 December 2015

New loan fund to help bring empty Perth & Kinross buildings back into use

Perth & Kinross Council has this week officially launched its Empty Property Loan Fund - a new interest-free loan designed to help owners of long-term empty buildings to repair or convert them for use as affordable housing.

Published 2 December 2015

Conference to focus on £4.3 billion waste of Scotland’s empty homes

The potential value of Scotland’s empty homes is a staggering £4.3 billion, according to the organisation tasked with bringing them back into use.

Published 17 November 2015

Aberdeenshire Council offers year’s grace to empty home owners

Owners of empty properties in Aberdeenshire are to be given up to a year before an additional council tax fee is applied, as part of an effort to bring homes back into use more quickly.

Published 22 September 2015

Nationwide Foundation launches new £1m empty properties funding programme

The Nationwide Foundation is launching a new £1 million funding programme to bring long-term empty properties back into use as homes for people in housing need.

Published 15 September 2015

TV star George Clarke joins search for Scotland’s empty homes champions

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

Published 15 September 2015

Owners of empty West Dunbartonshire homes could benefit from Council Tax changes

Owners of empty homes in West Dunbartonshire could be eligible for refunds after councillors approved backdated changes to Council Tax charges.

Published 20 August 2015

Blog: Taking stock

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership recently released its annual report for the financial year just passed.  There are a few headlines form the report that we are particularly excited about, writes Kristen Hubert at Shelter Scotland.

Published 15 July 2015

Number of empty homes brought back into use doubled in last year

The number of private empty homes brought back into use in Scotland last year has an estimated market value of around £93 million, according to the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP).

Published 14 July 2015

Call for bids for £4m empty homes fund

A new fund has been launched which aims to create additional residential accommodation in Scotland’s urban and rural towns.

Published 29 June 2015

Public urged to report empty homes as helpline launched

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has appealed to members of the public to report empty homes in their communities using a free national helpline.

Published 16 June 2015