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Tax changes for second and empty homes

April 17, 2023

Scotland is facing a housing emergency. A chronic shortage of housing is leading to increasing numbers of people in temporary accommodation and longer housing waiting lists. Alongside ever increasing house prices and private sector rents, this means that more and more people are struggling to afford to rent or buy in the places they grew…

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Scottish Empty Homes Partnership – Our Year in Review

December 20, 2022

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…

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Unlocking empty homes – Tips for Investors

September 22, 2022

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…

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A day in the life of an empty homes adviser

August 2, 2022

Hello!   My name is Cat and I am the empty homes adviser with the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP). We work with the core aim of encouraging Scotland’s empty homes back into use. There are not a lot of people out there who can call themselves empty homes advisers, it’s pretty niche! As an empty…

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Empty Homes and the Climate Emergency

September 14, 2021

We all know the story when it comes to the climate emergency and housing. We have to improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock if we want to reduce carbon emissions. But this is actually only part of the story. The other part is the emissions involved in building homes. A building that can…

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It was hard going but we got there! – Reflections on my experience of renovating an empty home

July 15, 2021

Debbie Guild Having just purchased an empty house at auction for the first time I found myself standing outside with the keys. There was something about this abandoned empty home that called to me and pulled on my heartstrings. Due to its condition, it was considered unsafe to view prior to auction and so I…

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BLOG: Empty Homes can help achieve Scotland’s 20 minute neighbourhood ambition

June 22, 2021

By Paul Stewart, Partnership Officer The concept of 20 minute neighbourhoods – the idea that it should be easy for people to meet most of their everyday needs within a 20 minute return walk or cycle – has recently risen to prominence as a strategic priority in planning. The concept is a multi-disciplinary approach to…

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