Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Questions (221)

John Brassil


221. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of RAS properties unoccupied for more than one month by county in each the years 2016, 2017, and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21500/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department does not hold any data on RAS properties that have been vacant for more than one month, as recoupment payments to local authorities only cease after a property has been unoccupied for 3 months. I refer to the reply to Question No. 240 of 26 April 2018, wherein I provided details of the number of RAS properties, broken down by local authority area, unoccupied for a period of more than 3-months during 2016 and the reasons as to why properties may be vacant for a period of time.  Data on 2017 RAS vacancies is currently being collated by my Department. Data on 2018 RAS vacancies is not yet available.