Vacant council flats and houses to be renovated

Minster Jan O’Sullivan announces plan to bring 952 empty units back into use this year

The Irish Times reports: Vacant local authority flats and houses, some of which have been empty for years, are to be renovated under a €15 million scheme.

Some 952 long-term “voids” or vacant properties, out of a total of just over 1,900, will be brought back into use this year through a fund announced by Minister of State for housing Jan O’Sullivan yesterday.

The largest number of these long-term voids are in Dublin city, where 470 flats and houses have been left vacant because the city council cannot afford extensive renovations.

Dublin City Council has been allocated more than one-fifth of the total fund – €3,288,000 – to bring 135 of its vacant units back into use.

Its neighbouring local authority Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown is to receive the least – €30,000 – to renovate just one property, while Fingal is getting the second highest amount – €1,259,000 – to bring 95 properties into use.

Ms O’Sullivan said the allocations were based on applications received by local authorities. “The criteria for applying was that these were houses that could be brought back into use, and the work was achievable this year, but was not within the current resources of the local authority.”

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