Dundee and Angus scheme to bring empty homes back into use up for award

Shared services empty homes officer Sean Maxwell

A cross-council initiative to bring long-term privately-owned empty homes back into use is up for a national award.

Dundee City Council and Angus Council’s shared services empty homes project has enabled owners to bring properties back into use, supporting them with advice and help.

It is on the shortlist for the outstanding service category at the Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champions of the Year Awards 2017.

Shared services empty homes officer Sean Maxwell has also been shortlisted for two awards — outstanding individual for his “innovative and approachable work” and the best use of the media.

The winners will be announced by Scottish Government housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) annual conference at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on November 15.

Scotland has about 34,000 privately-owned empty homes.

About 2,400 empty properties have been brought back into use since the SEHP was created.

The organisation is funded by the Scottish Government and hosted by Shelter Scotland.

SEHP national manager Shaheena Din said: “Bringing empty homes back into use is part of the solution to Scotland’s housing crisis and these awards help us to celebrate the great work being done across the country to make these properties homes again.”