Published: 8th Apr 2019

The Scottish Parliament’s local government and communities committee is to launch an inquiry into the number of empty homes in Scotland and how they can be brought back into use. According to National Records of Scotland data from 2017 around 4% of the dwellings in Scotland are unoccupied and the committee’s inquiry will examine why. It will also examine the scale of the issue, the effectiveness of current legislation and what more can be done to prevent properties remaining empty for extended periods of time. Although the committee stressed it is not looking at second homes as part of its inquiry, as these are distinct from empty homes. Last year, the Scottish Greens’ housing spokesperson Andy Wightman published a report, which claimed the proportion of empty homes in Scotland had risen, from 2.76% to 3.05% – a situation he described as ‘incredulous’. The five council areas with the greatest number … (To read the full article, subscribe below)