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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-05068: Maurice Corry (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 25 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many empty (a) private and (b) public sector residential properties there have been in each local authority area in the West Scotland parliamentary region in each year since 2007.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 December 2016

Information on the total number of long term empty properties, second homes, and unoccupied exemptions in Scotland in each local authority area as at September each year is published as part of the Housing Statistics for Scotland web tables available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/LTemptysecondhomes/EmptySecondhometables. Information is available for the years 2005 to 2015 for long term empty properties and second homes, and for the years 1996 to 2015 for unoccupied exemptions.

These web tables are due to be updated with 2016 data on 13 December 2016.

Information on the number of vacant local authority properties in Scotland by each local authority area as at March each year from 1998 to 2016 is published as part of the Housing Statistics for Scotland web tables, available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Housing-Regeneration/HSfS/StockManagement.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of vacant housing association properties by local authority area. The Scottish Housing Regulator collects information through the Charter Data Collection on the number of vacant normal dwelling stock properties for each registered social landlord, for both local authorities and housing associations. Indicator C20 provides information on the number of self-contained properties void at the year end and of those the number that have been void for more than six months, and data for 2013-14 to 2015-16 is available from the Charter Datasets at https://www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/find-and-compare-landlords/statistical-information. However this information is only available at a landlord level and not at a local authority area level.