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Question ref. S6W-02597
Asked by: Miles Briggs, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 2 September 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what information it has on what the average number of long-term empty homes in each local authority has been in each year since 1999.

Current status: Answered by Shona Robison on 14 September 2021


I refer the member to the answer to question S6W-01075 on 22 July 2021. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament's website, the search facility for which can be found at Written questions and answers | Scottish Parliament Website

The answer as provided in S6W-01075 sets out the available information published on the number of long term empty homes through Scottish Government annual statistics on long term empty properties and unoccupied exemptions, most recently published at Housing statistics quarterly update: December 2020 - ( .

Detailed Excel tables are also available at Housing statistics: Empty properties and second homes - ( , which provide local authority level figures on the number of long term empty properties from 2005 to 2020, and on the number of unoccupied exemptions from 1996 to 2020.

The figures are sourced from the Council Tax Base data return, and are based on an annual snapshot of properties on the Council Tax Valuation List as at the first Monday in September each year. Data on long term empty properties have been separately identified in the Council Tax Base data return from 2005 onwards, and so no information is held centrally for the earlier years 1999 to 2004.