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Lews Castle

Within the Outer Hebrides there are a significant number of empty homes located throughout the islands. There are a variety of reasons for these houses lying empty including disrepair, the owner’s health or other family circumstances.

The Comhairle has started an Empty Homes Project, supported by the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership, to encourage the owners of these long-term empty homes to bring them back in to use.

The Comhairle’s Empty Homes Officer can offer free advice on a range of topics including:

  • house condition surveys
  • empty property discounts
  • VAT exemptions for renovating empty properties
  • local company discounts
  • advice on becoming a landlord and renting the property
  • advice on selling your property

If you would like to take advantage of this service

please contact:

Murdo Macleod
Empty Homes Officer
Housing Services Team
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
Sandwick Road
Stornoway
HS1 2BW

Telephone:   01851 600501
Email:   murdoleo@cne-siar.gov.uk