Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

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

Campbeltown restoration project wins UK award

An Argyll and Bute Council project to save an historic Campbeltown tenement from the brink of demolition has received a UK National Empty Homes Award for the work.

Published 27 June 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

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

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

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

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

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

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