Homeowners are encouraged to register with a major social housing scheme


Local authorities are urging owners of vacant properties who cannot access the funds needed to bring them up to rental standards to join a comprehensive refurbishment programme.

The initiative brings homes to life and delivers social housing across the country.

Eddie Corrigan said a three-bed cottage at Dooriel in Ballycroy, Co Mayo, which he inherited from his grandmother two decades ago, would have fallen apart had it not been for the Repair and Lease Scheme (RLS), which saw it refurbished and rented out to a local Mayo County Council family.

The national system allows property owners to take out a lease from the local authority for between five and 25 years – the repair costs are reimbursed by the property owner by offsetting them against the rent payment.

The owner rents it out to the community at the current market price less an administration fee. The formerly vacant apartments will then be used by the municipalities for social housing construction.

Depending on the suitability of a property for social housing, the costs for necessary repairs can be borne by the municipality in advance. Property owners are guaranteed an upgrade on the home or condo and rental income. Owners who think their homes could be used for social housing should contact their local authority., a web portal developed by Mayo County Council on behalf of local government, provides the public across the country with an easy-to-use way to notify local authorities of vacant homes that may be eligible for social housing.

As well as providing much-needed housing, Mr Corrigan said bringing vacant homes back into service can help rejuvenate declining areas.

“I was afraid I would just have to let the house fall apart,” said Mr Corrigan, who lives between Listowel and London. “There are so many decaying vacancies that just need a little TLC in times of housing shortage.” Homeowners are encouraged to register with a major social housing scheme

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