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Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2019

The theme for 2019 is: 

Opening doors, unlocking potential

  • When: 20 November 2019
  • Where: Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership hosts the 9th Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2019. The day is aimed at Empty Homes Practitioners, Elected Members, Housing Development Staff, Housing Associations, Community Groups and others with an interest in private sector empty homes work. Join us to look at how this type of work can meet the challenges we are facing today and help to deliver the long-term vision for housing in Scotland.

As ever we will have a packed agenda of speakers and the opportunity to choose from several workshops. Who knows – you might even be our Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year 2019!

Booking Information:
Early bird delegate rate - £106.80 (+ booking fee). Available until 30.09.19.
Full price delegate rate - £130.80 (+ booking fee).

Local Authority Multi-Buy delegate rate (Buy 1 get 1 half price) - £98.10 (+ booking fee). Discount applied to each ticket.

You can pay by card or request an invoice on registering. Please note - invoice payments must be settled before the date of the conference.

Enquiries about registration or sponsorship should be directed to

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*Agenda as of 14 October 2019, subject to change


09.30 - 10.00Registration and coffee
10.00 - 10.05Welcome to Riddle's Court
10.05 - 10.10Chair's Welcome - Elena Whitham (COSLA Community Wellbeing Spokesperson)
10.10 - 10.20Introduction - Gordon MacRae, Assistant Director Communications & Policy, Shelter Scotland
10.20 - 10.30Keynote address - Kevin Stewart, Minister of Local Government, Housing and Planning
10.30 - 10.45Minister's Q&A
10.45 - 11.15Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards
11.20 - 11.40Break (photographs of award winners)
11.45 - 12.25Workshops: please choose one from the three options:
1. Community solutions to local empties - Brighid Carey, Action on Empty Homes
2. Social lettings and tenancy support - Joey Lawrie and Barry Sweeney, Homes for Good
3. Reinventing the High Street - Matt Baker, The Stove Network
12.30 - 13.25Networking and lunch
13.30 - 13.50Our homes our future - Matt Allwright, TV presenter and journalist
13.50 - 14.05Sponsor Presentation
14.10 - 14.25Break
14.30 - 14.50The empty homes landscape, National Survey findings - Nicola Hazelton, Senior Empty Homes Adviser and Andy Moseley, Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Policy Officer
14.50 - 15.45Empty Homes discussion (facilitated interactive workshop)
15.50 - 16.00Closing remarks - Chair
Refreshments and lunch will be provided on site.