The extent of empty homes and how these can be brought back into use is to be investigated by Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee.
National Records of Scotland data from 2017 has shown that 4% of the dwellings in Scotland are unoccupied and the Committee’s inquiry will investigate why.
The new inquiry will examine the scale of the issue, the effectiveness of current legislation and what more can be done to prevent properties remaining empty for extended periods of time.
Convener of the Local Government and Communities Committee, James Dornan MSP, said:
“There are a number of reasons why a property can be empty, but empty homes can have a huge impact on communities and reduce available housing supply at a time when housing is in great demand.
“The Committee will explore the extent of the problem and the impact this can have in both urban and rural communities across Scotland.
“We want to ensure local authorities have appropriate powers to tackle this issue and that everything possible is being done to encourage owners to put these empty homes back into use. To do this we want to hear from local authorities, housing experts and those who have been impacted by empty homes in their communities.”
The Committee is calling for evidence on its webpage.
The call for written views will close on 17 May 2019.
Please note the Committee is not looking at second homes as part of its inquiry, as these are distinct from empty homes.
The Committee welcomes written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee.