Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (627)

Denis Naughten


627. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications granted under the repair and leasing scheme; the number of applications refused; the number of applications refused on the basis that there is no social housing demand for the property in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39352/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

At the end of Q2 2019, a total of 1,459 applications for the Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) had been received from property owners; 113 homes had been brought back into use and were tenanted; and 149 agreements for lease had been signed.

My Department has no direct role in deciding on individual applications under the scheme and does not collect data in relation to the number of applications refused. While my Department issues general guidance, the relevant local authority determines the eligibility for the scheme having regard to the location, suitability and demand for social housing in the area and also taking into consideration the extent of the repairs that may be required. Local authorities have responsibility for ensuring that homes brought into use under the scheme are required and fulfil social housing demand in their areas.