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Empty Homes Financial Incentives Recommendations 2016

By: Shelter Scotland  Published: February 2016

Part of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership's agreed remit for 2015/16 is to review existing funding and financing options for empty homes work in Scotland and follow this up with a paper highlighting where financial products or government funding is needed to bridge the gap keeping empty homes vacant.


This paper puts forward a number of recommendations to plug specific gaps in funding provision for empty homes.

Gaps identified where funding is currently non-existent or hard to source are:

  • Empty homes being renovated for owner occupation
  • Empty homes being renovated for market rent or sale
  • Funding for initial project planning and capacity building
  • Grant funding options for local organisations and community groups