Housing statistics: Empty properties and second homes

Information on empty properties and second homes is collected each year from Local Authorities through the CTAXBASE data collection. Empty properties are of particular interest as they can help increase the supply of housing in Scotland when brought back into use.

Data presented is for:

  • Unoccupied Exemptions: generally properties which are empty and unfurnished for less than 6 months and exempt from paying council tax.

  • Long Term Empty Properties: properties which have been empty for more than 6 months and are liable for council tax.

  • Second Homes: homes which are furnished and lived in for at least 25 days in a 12 month period but not as someone‚Äôs main residence.

Empty properties and second homes
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