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13th Scottish Empty Homes Conference Comes to Glasgow

The 13th annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference will take place in Glasgow on Thursday 29 February.

The in-person only event will be held in The Studio on Hope Street near the city centre.

Boasting a packed agenda, this year’s Scottish Empty Homes Conference brings together housing experts and professionals from across Scotland to discuss successes in empty homes work and the way forward for getting Scotland’s empty properties back into use.

Conference will also discuss the Partnership’s innovative and bold Strategic Empty Homes Framework and learn from the lived experience of empty homes officers from across the country,

Another highlight of the conference will be the annual Scottish Empty Homes Awards, sponsored by Scottish property experts and auctioneers, Auction House Scotland.

Tickets are available here. (Buy two, get one free).


Chaired by John Mills – Head of Housing Services at Fife Council and Co-Chair of ALACHO.

Confirmed sessions so far include:

Morning sessions

  • Panel discussion: how can and should empty homes help address housing need? Speakers: Alison Watson, Shelter Scotland; Cllr Robin Currie, Argyll & Bute Council; Scottish Government representative
  • Learning from the Past: the independent audit of empty homes work in Scotland. Speakers: Anna Evans, Indigo House
  • Sofa session: Insights from empty homes projects.
    Speakers: Susan Aktemel Barry Sweeney, Homes for Good; Isla Binnie; Douglas Whyte, Argyll & Bute Council; Donna Smith, Tighean Innse Gall; Harry Whitmore, SOSCH

Afternoon sessions

  • Visions for the Future: The Strategic Empty Homes Framework.
    Speakers: Andy Moseley, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership; Elaine Hall, Falkirk Council
  • Introducing Cromore, a Western Isles empty homes project.
    Speakers: Murdo Macleod, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

We’ll also wrap up the day with a special key note address – more information coming soon