We work with owners of empty homes to help bring them back into use and have launched a new webpage to report empty homes and to survey owners of empty homes. This will help us understand the problems that both owners and neighbours of empty properties face. It will also help us to improve our empty homes service, and provide information and support.
The webpage includes information about selling, renting, and renovating empty properties, as well as an overview of both local and national incentives which may be available.
We aim to increase the supply of housing for local individuals and families. Although empty homes cannot solve housing shortages alone, bringing them back into use can provide local affordable housing and help to regenerate communities.
If you are an owner or neighbour of a long-term empty home, please complete our Empty Home Owners Survey or Property Reporting Tool .
It’s was another good year for the Dundee & Angus Shared Empty Homes Project. On Monday, the project was announced as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Service’ category at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference.
The award was presented to our officer Sean Maxwell by Kevin Stewart, Minister of Local Government, Housing & Planning. Sean won the Outstanding Individual prize in last year’s awards.
Dundee & Angus Shared Service Empty Homes Project
The Dundee & Angus Shared Service Empty Homes Project was introduced in collaboration with the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership in December 2015. It is one of only two Empty Homes Officer posts in Scotland employed in a partnership agreement between two local authorities. Over the 2 full financial years that the service has been operating the Empty Homes Officer has played a fundamental role in returning 106 properties to residential use, helping to bring an estimated £1.3 million into the local economy per annum. Overall outcomes achieved by the shared service go far beyond exceeding set targets year on year, with results 32.5% above set targetsTo find more details on the Empty Homes initiative see our website.
The Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards took place on Wednesday 15 November 2017 as part of the Scottish Empty Homes Conference. The annual conference was being held this year at the Lighthouse, Glasgow.
The awards were presented by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing and Phil Hanson of Howden’s Joinery, the event sponsor.
There were 5 awards up for grabs in the following categories –
- Best Before and After Photograph
- Best Use of the Media (Angus Council a finalist in this category)
- Outstanding Service (Dundee & Angus Shared Service a finalist)
- Best Project
- Outstanding Individual (Sean Maxwell winner of this category)
Congratulations to Sean Maxwell, our Empty Homes Officer who was announced as the winner of the Outstanding Individual category.
The Howden’s Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category is awarded to the individual who has over the past year, in the view of the judging panel, has gone above and beyond to promote and champion empty homes work in Scotland.
Empty Homes Officer
We are proud to announce that our Empty Homes Officer, Sean Maxwell, has been nominated for the Howden’s Champion of the Year Awards 2017 in three categories:
- Outstanding Service,
- Outstanding individual and
- the Best Use of the Media.
Sean spends half of his time with us and the other half with Dundee City Council in an innovative partnership agreement which helps both Councils to support landlords and owners to bring their empty properties back into use.
All at the Housing News Blog will be keeping our fingers crossed for Sean on 15 November 2017 when the winners will be announced during the Annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference in Glasgow.
Our Empty Homes Initiative brings unoccupied properties back into residential use.
If you are interested in selling, privately renting or renovating an empty property in Angus, see the Empty homes website or Contact the empty homes officer .