This impact report by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) covers the period 2021-22. The SEHP is funded by the Scottish Government, and hosted by Shelter Scotland, with the remit to encourage private sector long-term empty homes back into use, as social and affordable homes, wherever possible. (Long-term empty homes are homes that are recorded…[…]
Who are we and what are our key objectives?
Our Vision Our vision is that privately-owned empty homes do not remain empty for 12 months or more without good reason. Our Aim Our aim is to bring as many privately-owned empty homes back into use (as social and affordable homes where possible), by meeting our five key strategic objectives: Strategic objective 1 – Encourage…[…]
Why is empty homes work important?
There are many reasons why local authorities need to work to bring empty homes back to use. All of them come down to people. It is important for people who are struggling to find an affordable and secure home to rent or buy in the cities, towns or villages where they work or grew up…[…]
Case Study – YMCA Glenrothes – The difference empty homes work makes to people’s lives
Through the intervention of the Fife EHO, YMCA Glenrothes acquired the opportunity to purchase a two-bedroomed terraced house from executors of a property that had been empty for nearly three years. Tracy and her partner moved into this property just before the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to this the couple and their new-born baby had been…[…]
Case Study – Aberdeen City Council – Using empty homes to meet affordable housing supply need
A well-maintained one-bedroom city-centre flat in Aberdeen had been lying empty for almost 2 years, as a consequence of the recent slowdown in the regional housing market. A tenant was found for the property within 6 months and they remain in the property 12 months later. So, there is evidence of the tenancy being sustained.…[…]