£1.8bn of homes lie empty in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is known for being one of the hardest cities in which to find a home, with tens of thousands on waiting lists.
But now it has emerged that thousands of properties lie empty across the capital, adding to the shortage.
Nearly 7,000 Edinburgh homes, collectively worth £1.8 billion, are unused, according to research. More than 1,000 homes have been empty for more than ten years.
The figures have been compiled by Admiral Home Insurance and were released weeks after the city declared a housing emergency.
The study found that, across the whole of Scotland 30,000 properties, with a combined value of almost £7 billion, have been vacant for at least six months.
This month it emerged that 23,000 tenants are on waiting lists