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Meeting our strategic objectives 5 – Run the Scottish Empty Homes Advice Service

The Scottish Empty Homes Advice Service (SEHAS) helps anyone with an empty homes issue. Since the service review in 2019 we broadened our reach and are developing resources in line with the Scottish Government’s Housing to 2040’s pledge to develop a support package for owners as a preventative measure. We received 441 contacts this year,…

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SEHP conference

The theme of this year’s conference, held at The Engine Shed in Stirling was sustainability with the title ‘Repair, Reuse, Revitalise’. Speakers included Shona Robison MSP, cabinet secretary for housing, John Kerr, housing development & homelessness manager at West Dunbartonshire Council, and Chris Morgan director, John Gilbert Architects. The conference also saw the launch of…

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Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) Best Practice and Knowledge Sharing Network Event

We continually seek to share any solutions and means to bring homes back into use and Compulsory Purchase Orders is another potential tool. This is identified as a strategic priority as our survey data shows that this power is being used infrequently among Scottish Local Authorities. Glasgow City Council is active and effective in using…

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Meeting our strategic objectives 4 – Supporting the Network of Empty Homes Officers

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership acts to support and maintain a network of EHOs throughout Local Authorities across Scotland. By facilitating best practice groups, resources and training we enable peer support and networking. Training sessions were undertaken with 19 empty homes practitioners, from 9 local authorities, in the last financial year. This helped the new…

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Homes for Good partnership outcomes

In the video below, Barry Sweeney, Empty Homes Manager, Homes for Good, shows a property that will be transformed into affordable housing for a household in Glasgow through the partnership.

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