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Rural and Islands Housing Action Plan

We were pleased to see the focus given to empty homes at the Scottish Government’s parliamentary debate on Tuesday on their Rural Housing and Island’s Housing Action Plan from all political parties. Attention was given to the blight of empty homes on rural communities, the positive impact empty homes can have for example in housing…

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A day in the life of an empty homes data analyst

Hi all, I’m a data analyst for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership at Shelter Scotland. My job is to help local authorities, and all others involved in empty homes work, adopt a strategic and data-driven approach to getting empty homes back into use. No two days are the same so it’s difficult to offer a…


Meet West Dunbartonshire’s EHO Karen Rae

This year the network of Empty Homes Officers (EHOs) that SEHP supports reported 1257 homes back into use. This reflects their hard work and determination in working with owners and investigating empty properties to see them transformed into homes again. Recently we sat down with West Dunbartonshire Council’s EHO Karen Rae to find out more…


Scottish Empty Homes Partnership – Our Year in Review

On the last day of 2022, the team at Scottish Empty Homes Partnership want to reflect on our achievements in the past year. Innovative Kickstarter projects launched to bring empty homes back to use Our project with Tighean Innse Gall will support revitalising rural communities across the Western Island chain, making them more attractive to…


Unlocking empty homes – Tips for Investors

Have you seen a run down property and thought about this as a renovation project? Or are you an investor thinking about opportunities to develop homes that are unoccupied? While these are possibilities, it is hoped that this blog post will debunk some common myths, answer some of our most frequently asked questions and share…