Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (538)

Imelda Munster


538. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of voids for each local authority area by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38262/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Statistics in relation to social housing stock are published by the National Oversight and Audit Commission (NOAC) in their annual reports on Performance Indicators in Local Authorities. These reports provide a range of information in relation to social housing stock, including the number of dwellings in the ownership of each local authority and percentages vacant. The most recent report, relating to 2017, is available on the NOAC website at the following link: http://noac.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/NOAC-Performance-Indicators-Report-2017.pdf.

While the NOAC statistics capture the number of voids at a particular point in time, the reality is that the number of void properties, both nationally and in each individual local authority area, changes on an ongoing daily basis. This is as would be expected in the management of over 130,000 homes, where tenants move in and out regularly. My Department is continuing to engage with local authorities, to support them in returning both short and longer-term vacant properties to use as swiftly as possible. Elected Councils also have a role to play in supporting this work by making adequate budgetary provision for housing repairs and maintenance, utilising the housing rental income available to them.