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Empty homes

An empty home is a property which has been unoccupied for 6 months or more. It is not a second, or holiday, home. There are over 800 empty homes in North Ayrshire.

Why do homes become empty?

The reasons for empty homes are varied:

  • bought as a development opportunity
  • inherited property
  • issues with selling or renting
  • financial problems.

Empty homes falling into disrepair, makes future use less likely and can have a detrimental impact on communities.

Report an Empty Home

If you think that a property has been empty for 6 months or more, contact our Empty Homes Officers on 01294 324644 or email

Empty Homes Loan Fund

North Ayrshire Council offers interest free loans to bring empty properties back into the rented sector. Eligible properties must require repair works. More information is available in our leaflet: Empty Homes Loan Fund (PDF, 3.6mb).

Empty Home Buy Backs

In exceptional circumstances, North Ayrshire Council may consider the purchase of empty homes in areas of high demand for rental properties.

To be considered, properties must meet the following criteria:

  • empty for 6 months or more
  • the council has received complaints/enquiries, or the amenity of an area is reduced by the property's condition
  • ex local authority stock and located within existing North Ayrshire Council estates
  • can achieve and be maintained to statutory standards
  • purchase price is not more than the District Valuers valuation.

Matchmaker Scheme

A free scheme that matches people who own empty properties with people who would like to invest. It aims to match owners of empty homes, who wish to sell their property, with people who may be interested in buying in the area. If you are interested, or to arrange a visit, please email the Empty Homes Officers or call 01294 324644.