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Joined-up approach key to council’s success on empty homes

Aberdeen City Council has been praised for their exceptional partnership working that uses a joined-up approach to target empty homes in the city.

The council’s Empty Homes Service Working Group members recognise that the private sector has an important role to play in the city’s housing needs and work to share relevant information and take action that is of benefit to the Empty Homes service objectives.

The working group’s success has been identified as being able to consistently respond to changes in demand for housing and identify any other associated risks which impact on its delivery.

Due to this approach, they have received the ‘Outstanding Empty Homes Service’ award at the  annual Scottish Empty Homes Conference.

Over the past 10 years, the awards have showcased the work of individuals and organisations that have made exemplary contributions to the field of private sector empty homes across Scotland.

Commenting, Aberdeen City Council’s housing spokesperson, Cllr Sandra Macdonald said: “It is testament to outstanding partnership working that has led to our Empty Homes Service Working Group receiving this national recognition and award.

“The working group’s members employ best practices and ideas which suit Aberdeen’s needs. They also support the use of technology and a problem-solving approach to help foster self-service and give empty home owners the options to decide on the best use of their properties. This in turn allows for appropriate returns and contributes positively to the housing supply needs of the city.”

National Project Manager for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, Shaheena Din said: “I am delighted for all of this year’s awards winners. In difficult circumstances, they have all shown an incredible willingness to go above and beyond to help bring empty homes back in to use.

“The Covid-19 pandemic shows how important it is going to be in coming years to continue that hard work and we look forward to seeing what everyone involved in bringing empty homes back in to use will achieve in the next 12 months.”

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