Thursday, 20 September 2018

Questions (252)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

252. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated number of units provided through the repair and lease scheme to date in 2018; the amount provided in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38237/18]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) has been developed to assist local authorities or Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to harness the accommodation potential that exists in certain vacant dwellings across Ireland.

The RLS is targeted at owners of vacant dwellings, who cannot afford or access the funding needed to bring their dwellings up to the required standard for rental property. Subject to the suitability of the dwelling for social housing, and the agreement of the property owner, the cost of the necessary repairs will be met upfront by the local authority or an AHB.

At the end of 2017, a total of 820 applications had been received under the scheme; 31 agreements for lease had been signed and 9 homes had been delivered and tenanted.

At the end of Q1 2018, a total of 942 applications had been received under the scheme; 52 agreements for lease had been signed and 15 homes had been delivered and tenanted. A detailed breakdown of the RLS scheme data up to end Q1 2018 is available on my Department’s website at the following link:

http://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/social-housing/social-and-affordble/overall-social-housing-provision.

The RLS data for end Q2 2018 are currently being collated and will be published shortly.