Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Questions (842)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

842. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the local authorities which have appointed a dedicated vacant house officer, in tabular form. [29372/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

All 31 local authorities have designated vacant homes officers within their respective functional areas, some of whom may also perform other duties, as local circumstances require. My Department continues to engage on an ongoing basis with local authorities with a view to progressing measures to bring as many vacant and underutilised properties as possible back into residential use.

Vacant homes officers also act as a central point of contact and to provide information and advice for owners of vacant homes and also to deal with queries from members of the public in respect of private residential vacant properties in their administrative area. 

A list of the contact details for each vacant homes officer is available on my Department's website at the following link: https://www.housing.gov.ie/housing/home-ownership/vacant-homes/vacant-homes-officer-contacts.