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More than 1000 empty homes brought back into use last year

A record number of privately-owned empty homes were brought back into use in Scotland last year.

Over 1000 properties were restored, according to the latest report by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership.

20 local authorities in Scotland now employ an Empty Homes Officer, including in Stirling.

Shaheena Din, SEHP National Manager, said:

“In 2010 there were only seven councils where staff had time dedicated to empty homes work. Today we have more staff working on empty homes than ever before and it’s delivering results – not just on reducing the number of empty homes but improving communities where empty properties can cause nuisance and even blight.”

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said:

“Privately owned empty homes are a missed opportunity to provide warm, safe, sustainable places to live.

“That’s why I strongly welcome the rise in the number of homes being brought back into use, which is down to the hard work and expertise of empty homes officers.

“I want to see this expertise working across the whole of Scotland, so we have doubled our funding for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership to more than £400,000 a year to help local authorities realise the benefits of this successful approach.”

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