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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 holding keys

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…

Opportunity to join our team as an Empty Homes Adviser

July 5, 2021

Do you have a passion for dealing with people and want to play a role in bringing empty homes back into use? An opportunity has become available to join our team as an Empty Homes Adviser with applications closing on 23rd July.   Further information on the role and details of how to apply are…

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

June 22, 2021
Block of flats external

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…

Over 850 empty homes brought back into use across Scotland

June 15, 2021
Person sanding a ceiling

In its 2020-21 Annual Report, published on 14 June, the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) report that Empty Homes Officers (EHOs) across Scotland helped to bring almost 900 empty properties back in to use this year, despite restrictions caused by Covid-19 pandemic that has seen renovation work halted or abandoned, rental properties remaining vacant and…

Scottish Borders joins the fight against empty homes

May 25, 2021
Scottish Borders joins the fight against empty homes

Supported by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, Scottish Borders Council are appointing a dedicated Empty Homes Officer as part of plans to help owners bring long-term empty properties back into use and reduce the impact that neglected empty homes can have on communities in the area. The officer will provide a range of services, advice…

Scottish Empty Homes Partnership and Homes for Good launch ground-breaking project

May 25, 2021
Before and after view of living room and kitchen

Social enterprise letting agency Homes for Good and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership have launched a partnership to address the rising number of empty homes in the west of Scotland through the purchase and letting of empty properties, a fund to refurbish properties, and the recruitment of a dedicated empty homes manager. Writing in the…

Making new homes from empty houses

March 11, 2021
Shaheena Din

Writing in the Scotsman, Shaheena Din explains why an empty homes strategy should be key to addressing the housing emergency and pandemic recovery and calls on all councils to confirm their commitment to empty homes work in the coming year. Read the full article here

Scottish Empty Homes awards winners announced

February 3, 2021
2021 Scottish Empty Homes Award Winners

Aberdeen City Council, an Inverness-based building company, a community housing project in Dumfries & Galloway and a Fife Council officer were the winners in the 10th Scottish Empty Homes awards sponsored by Fraser & Fraser Genealogists and International Probate Researchers. The winners, announced yesterday at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership annual conference, recognised the efforts…

“Act now to ensure empty homes are not legacy of Covid crisis”

February 1, 2021
Change in numbers of Empty Homes in Scotland by Local Authority

Crumbling bricks, broken windows and overgrown gardens of empty homes across Scotland could be a visual legacy of the economic crisis caused by the Covid pandemic if action is not taken to bring more properties back in to use, according to the leader of a project working with local authorities across the country. Shaheena Din,…

Exciting line-up of speakers announced for 10th Scottish Empty Homes Conference

January 15, 2021

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has announced a dynamic line–up of speakers for its first ever digital conference, which will be held 1-3 February 2021. The 10th Scottish Empty Homes Conference will begin with an address by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart MSP, and will focus on the theme of Providing…