THE Scottish Government has revealed that 17 projects will receive money from a £4.5 million fund to bring empty homes into use.
Over 400 properties will be brought back into use over the next ten years by a range of groups including councils, housing associations and construction companies, and made available as affordable housing for at least five years.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Empty homes are a blight on many communities across Scotland. Standing empty, these properties are no use to anyone. Renovated, they could provide much-needed new homes for hundreds of people.
“Bringing empty homes back into use makes sense because it is a cost-effective way of increasing the supply of housing available to families across Scotland’s communities.”
Around 25,000 homes across Scotland are considered to be long-term empty. Kristen Hubert, co-ordinator of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, said: “It is pleasing and highly encouraging that so many worthy projects have been given the go-ahead.
“Having an incentive like a loan to offer owners of empty homes is a key part of getting people to engage with our growing network of empty homes officers and make positive choices about their properties.”