Empty homes research publication: letter to committee

Letter from the Minister for Housing to the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee on the publication of independent research on long-term empty homes.

Dear Ariane

I am writing to draw to your attention to the publication of the independent research we commissioned on long-term empty homes: Bringing empty homes back into use: an audit of privately owned empty homes in Scotland

I am pleased to see such high levels of engagement from colleagues across the public sector and empty home owners.  The evidence gathered will help inform our policy approach around empty homes, second homes, homelessness and affordable housing, and support the ongoing work of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership. The annex below sets out the range of actions we are taking in response to the report’s recommendations which enhances our approach and demonstrates the value we place on making best use of existing stock.

I hope the report provides committee members with a useful overview of empty homes in Scotland. 

Paul McLennan MSP

Minister for Housing



empty homes research letter: annex
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