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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 2 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 16 August 2019, subject to change

Agenda Extract

09.30 - 10.00 Registration and Tea / Coffee
10.00 - 10.05 Welcome to Riddle’s Court – bit about the building
10.05 - 10.10 Chair’s Welcome – Elena Whitham
10.10 - 10.20Introduction by Graeme Brown / Gordon MacRae
10.20 - 10.30 Kevin Stewart MSP - Minister of Local Government, Housing and Planning to give the keynote address
10.30 - 10.40 Q&A
10.40 - 11.10 Howden's Scottish Empty Homes Champions Awards
11.10 - 11.30Break and photographs of award winners
11.35 - 12.15 Workshops TBC :
Brighid Carey – Community Action on Empty Homes
Susan Aktemel – Homes for Good
The Stove Network – Making your empty properties work in your High Street
12.20 - 12.35Sponsor presentation
12.40 - 13.25Lunch
13.30 - 14.15Matt Allwright – Empty Property Scandal (details TBC)
14.20 - 14.50National Empty Homes Survey
14.50 - 15.00Tea / Coffee break
15.00 - 15.45Facilitated interactive workshop
15.50 – 16.00Closing Remarks

Special thanks to our sponsors

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