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Existing Housing

Pillar Five: Utilise Existing Housing

Ensuring the existing housing stock is used to the maximum degree possible – focus on measures to use vacant stock and to renew urban and rural areas.

Introducing an integrated plan to bring vacant and under-utilised housing stock back into use for both private and social housing purposes.

A planned investment of €70 million by the Housing Agency to acquire 1,600 vacant properties, particularly from portfolios for sale from financial institutions and investors for social housing purposes.

A new repair and leasing initiative will be piloted by Waterford City and County Council and Carlow County Council, with a view to nationwide application. This will allow for grants to be provided to prospective landlords to bring properties up to standard, where they are entering cost effective leases for social and affordable housing. This scheme is now available nationwide.

We will remove existing barriers to the quick conversion and re-use of vacant or under-utilised city and town centre commercial premises for residential purposes and support wider urban regeneration, with new measures to be brought forward by the end of 2016.

DHPCLG and the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) will work together to provide funding for a range of demonstration projects across the country as part of the €30 million Town and Village Renewal Initiative to support local authorities in smaller towns and villages.

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Pillar Actions

  • We’ll provide funding to ensure that vacant social housing is rapidly re-let and put in place a choice-based lettings approach for people on waiting lists.
  • We’ll buy 1,600 empty houses held by banks and financial institutions for social housing.
  • We’ll introduce a Vacant Housing Repair and Leasing Initiative to incentivise owners to refurbish and rent out vacant homes for social housing.
  • We’ll make it easier for vacant and under-used commercial property to be used for residential purposes.
  • We’ll encourage and incentivise town, village and rural renewal schemes to revitalise town centres and villages.

Pillar One: Address Homelessness

Pillar Two: Accelerate Social Housing

Pillar Three: Build More Homes

Pillar Four: Improve the Rental Sector

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