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Empty homes continue to be brought back into use  

Work is continuing to be undertaken to bring empty properties back into use across Aberdeen.  

An update on progress was presented today to councillors at the Communities, Housing and Public Protection Committee. 

The Empty Homes Service works alongside owners, landlords and letting agents to ‘match’ people from council housing waiting lists with owners and letting agents of empty privately rented sector properties through the Council’s Matchmake to Rent Scheme.  

Communities, Housing and Public Protection Convener, Councillor Miranda Radley, said: “We welcome the progress that has been made in bringing empty homes across Aberdeen back into use.  

“By ensuring that these properties are suitable and available to live in, we can continue to secure wider community benefits.”  

Vice convener Councillor Dell Henrickson said: “Bringing empty homes back into use helps make Aberdeen an attractive place for individuals and families to live and work.” 

The Empty Homes Service and Aberdeen Foyer have been working together to explore what options and investment is required to bring empty homes back into use and create additional affordable accommodation options for young people who may be at risk of or who have experienced homelessness 

It also supports Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in tackling long-term anti-social behaviour associated with unoccupied properties.  

Since 2018/19, more than 600 empty properties have been brought back into use across the city.