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Shetland economy could reap the benefits of bringing empty homes back in to use

October 19, 2022
Shaheena Din, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and Salmon Scotland have made a joint call for vacant properties to be brought back in to use to tackle the rural housing crisis in Shetland. New analysis shows that almost shows five per cent of homes in Shetland (558) were long-term empty in 2021, with around 400 of those…

Unlocking empty homes – Tips for Investors

September 22, 2022
A hand holding keys

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…

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…

Over 1,150 empty homes brought back into use in Scotland in 2020/21

May 24, 2022
Cullipool

A report published today by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership shows how Empty Homes Officers throughout Scotland helped to bring more than 1,150 empty properties back into use last year. The figures show that almost 70% of these properties had been empty for two years or longer. You can view all of this information at…

Fewer empty homes but more to do as numbers remain above pre-pandemic levels

May 12, 2022
Empty Homes by Local Authority 2020-21

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has welcomed a fall in the number of long-term empty properties in Scotland but urged councils to make tackling empty homes a key part of their housing strategy, as numbers remain above pre-pandemic levels. Statistics published today by the Scottish Government showed that the number of long-term empty properties…

Scottish Empty Homes Awards Winners 2022 Announced

March 28, 2022

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Argyll & Bute Council, South of Scotland Community Housing, and a Falkirk Council officer were the winners at the 11th Scottish Empty Homes Awards, sponsored by Auction House Scotland. The awards, announced at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership’s annual conference held on 22nd March at the COSLA Conference Centre, recognised the efforts of…

Bringing empty homes back to life “a key part” in meeting Scotland’s housing shortage

March 22, 2022

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) today published a new guide that shows how bringing some of Scotland’s 43,000+ long term empty homes back to use can help local authorities to address housing shortages across the country. “Why Empty Homes Matter” was launched at the 11th Annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference in Edinburgh today. The…

Finalists announced for the Auction House Scotland 11th Scottish Empty Homes Awards

February 9, 2022

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced the finalists for the Auction House Scotland 11th Scottish Empty Home Awards. The awards celebrate the impactful and transformative work undertaken across Scotland to bring back many of the country’s 43,000 long-term empty homes. One new category is ‘best old wreck’; a tongue-in-cheek name for an award to honour…

Capital developers should look to empty homes to increase housing in city

January 20, 2022
Converted empty property, now specialist housing in Niddrie Street, Edinburgh.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) wants private developers to include plans to bring empty homes back to use in their responses to the Prior Information Notice (PIN) issued by City of Edinburgh Council calling for investors, landowners and developers to consider ways to accelerate the council’s ambition to deliver 20,000 affordable homes by 2027.…

Fewer empty homes but more to do as numbers remain above pre-pandemic levels

December 7, 2021
Empty Homes by Local Authority 2020-21

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has welcomed a fall in the number of long-term empty properties in Scotland but urged councils to make tackling empty homes a key part of their housing strategy, as numbers remain above pre-pandemic levels. Statistics published today by the Scottish Government showed that the number of long-term empty properties…