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Bringing homes back into use

This year EHOs recorded 1152 properties brought back into use. Information on how long the home was empty for was available for 69% of these properties. Almost 50% had been empty for between 2 and 5 years and a further 19% had been empty for more than 5 years (including 43 properties that had been…

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Case Study – No Grant of Confirmation

A community member contacted the advice service about a property on their street which has been empty for over 25 years.  After the original owner died it had been occupied by one of their children until they died. The remaining sibling was elderly and in poor health, with caring responsibilities. After such a long time…

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What happens to homes brought back into use

EHOs provided us with information on the outcomes of the cases that they had concluded during the year. EHOs reported 1,039 outcomes (please note, this may include some cases where more than one outcome was recorded). These provide a snapshot of how properties have been utilised when back in use.

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The difference EHOs can make

Karis (shown below) and her partner David got in touch with the local empty homes officer in the Western Isles after receiving a flyer about the service with their council tax bill. The property they have purchased has been vacant for over 70 years and will need significant effort to bring it back into use.…

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