Empty Home Purchase Scheme

Helping owners and communities

We are aware of an increase in the number of vacant private properties across North Lanarkshire, many of which are in serious disrepair.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of former council properties that are vacant and falling into disrepair.

The Empty Home Purchase Scheme has therefore been developed to help address some of the issues faced by owners and communities in relation to such properties.

The scheme buys privately owned properties that meet at least one of the specific criteria below:

  • There is an identified need for the type and size of property and it is located in a high demand area.
  • The purchase of the property would give the council complete ownership of a block and allow major common works to proceed.
  • To meet the particular needs of a household which cannot be met from within the existing council stock.

In addition the following criteria needs to be met:

  • The property must be sold with vacant possession and be empty at the time of application
  • The combined cost of purchasing and bringing the property up to SHQS letting standard represents value for money to the council.

The budget for the Empty Homes Purchase Scheme is limited and any purchase is subject to meeting the above criteria and the availability of resources. Applications will be prioritised from the date they are received and speed at which they progress. When the resources have been exhausted for the financial year we will write to all remaining applicants to inform them.

How to Apply to the Empty Homes Purchase Scheme?

If you would like the council to consider buying your property you will need to complete an word icon Application Form [132kb].

This information will be used to assess your application and we will then contact you to let you know if your property meets the criteria.

Please use the 'contact us' box if you have any questions. For more information, see 'downloads'.

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