Empty Homes Cause Anti-social Behaviour, Agree 75% of Scots

August 9, 2016

There is a direct link between the prevalence of empty homes in an area and the presence of anti-social behavior in that same neighbourhood.

At least that’s according to three-quarters of Scottish respondents to a recent survey carried out on behalf of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP), which campaigns to see empty properties turned into inhabited dwellings across the country.

In addition to the sense among respondents that empty homes cause anti-social behaviour, the survey results also show that only 3 per cent of Scots feel that unoccupied properties cause no issues for local communities.

A majority (54 per cent) said that people who live in the vicinity of empty homes have a diminished sense of security and 49 per cent took the view that having empty homes in a particular area effectively reduces the value of nearby properties.

“This survey is strong evidence that the Scottish public share our concerns about the negative effects of long-term private empty properties on their communities,” said Kristen Hubert from the SEHP.

“We think that investing in empty homes work can help improve neighbourhoods and make a very positive impact on communities.”

According to the SEHP, there are roughly 34,000 properties in Scotland which are long-term empty homes and there are close to 150,000 families and individuals around the country who are waiting to be housed.

There were also believed to have been in the region of 35,000 homelessness applications made by individuals and by families in Scotland during 2015.

“As clearly demonstrated by this survey, empty homes are a wasted resource and can be a blight on local communities,” said Scotland’s housing minister Kevin Stewart.

“That’s why the Scottish Government supports the work of the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership to deliver real results on the ground.”

The SEHP’s most recent annual report on the issue of empty homes in Scotland found that around £110 million worth of formerly unused properties were successfully turned into dwellings over the course of last year.

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