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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. The empty homes officer arranged a property visit and since then has been able to provide advice on VAT, additional discounts that have been secured from local companies, and information to progress a property survey.

This is a quote from an owner who purchased an empty property in Argyll and Bute with the support of the EHO. This highlights the importance of support from an empty homes officer and the impact of empty homes work to a community.