Homes Again West-Dunbartonshire
Bringing empty homes back into use
The Empty Homes initiative which has been named Homes Again West-Dunbartonshire is looking at bringing empty homes in the private sector back into use. We are targeting properties that have been empty over 6 months. The initiative is in partnership with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government set aside a 4m national empty homes loan fund from which we have been awarded £300,000 to help assist empty homeowners in bringing their properties back into use. These properties must then be used for affordable housing for a 5 year period to meet loan conditions.
Scotland currently has 23,000 long term empty homes in the
private sector. Long term empties are classed as any property
that has been empty for 6 months or more. Long term empty
properties can have a detrimental effect on the community with
issues such as fly tipping, vandalism and loss of community well
being. An empty home can reduce surrounding homes values by
up to 18%. Council are also losing out on revenue from
Therefore the empty homes problem is an issue that needs
addressing. Through empty homes work councils can have an
added boost to their housing supply, communities can be regenerated
and town centres can be renewed
Incentives for owners
Along with the loan other incentives are available such as
packs are also available with details on, how to rent your
property, how to sell your property, how to renovate.
The main issue that owners of empty homes seem to be having is
that properties are being stuck on the market. Other councils have
adopted a 'matchmaker scheme' to help tackle such problems.
The Property Matchmaker Scheme is in essence a 'dating
agency' for empty homes: it aims to match empty property home
owners who would like to sell their property with people who want
to buy an empty property. The Matchmaker scheme is currently
successfully running across five local authority areas.
Buyer and Seller Registration forms can be completed and
submitted online or downloaded below; you simply complete the forms
and either email or post them back to the address at the bottom of
the forms. Alternatively you can contact your empty homes
officer on 01389 737576 to have the forms posted out to
Buyer Registration Form (complete
Owner Registration Form (complete online) (word
Rent Deposit Guarantee
West Dunbartonshire Council operate a Rent Deposit Guarantee
Scheme. This scheme has been in operation since 2005 and has
helped many households in need of housing.
The Deposit Guarantee Scheme supports people that are in housing
need by allowing them to access private rented accommodation.
- works with landlords and letting agents to provide access to
quality, privately rented accommodation acrossWest
- provides a written guarantee instead of a cash deposit to
- the council guarantees the landlord a deposit should any damage
etc occur to the property, while at the same time the tenant pays
the deposit up on a monthly basis.
The initial tenancy agreement is for six months but can be
extended provided both parties are happy to do so.
If you are in housing need and would like further information,
or if you are a landlord and you have a property that you would let
through this scheme then contact your local Officer on the
- Clydebank- 0141 562 8865
- Dumbarton - 01389 772 004
Page last update:
23 September 2013