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Forth Valley empty homes pilot launched

April 15 2013

Forth Valley empty homes pilot launched
A pilot programme to bring empty homes back into use has been launched in the Forth Valley in a bid to boost the supply of housing for sale and rent.

Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling Councils are collaborating on the venture which seeks to identify appropriate properties for refurbishment.

To this end each authority will support the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, established by Shelter Scotland following a £20k Scottish Government grant, to look at an estimated 1,600 empty homes in the area.

It is hoped that by bringing them back onto the market inroads can be made on the 12,872 households currently on housing waiting lists in the Forth Valley.

Kristen Hubert, empty homes co-ordinator at Shelter Scotland, said: "Whatever the reason for an empty home, whether the owner has sentimental attachment to it or doesn't have the time, skills or finances to complete their plans, bringing empty homes back into use has many benefits.

"It adds to the housing supply, contributes to local regeneration and makes for safer neighbourhoods. It's a win-win situation for owners too as they can begin to realise an income from their property or sell on an asset that is costing them money.”

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