Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (773)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

773. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of vacant local authority houses permanently taken out of stock in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority; the number that were part of a regeneration scheme by local authority in each of the years; the number that remain to be relet in the same category; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53272/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The National Oversight & Audit Commission (NOAC) collects and publishes data on social housing related issues in local authorities, including the number of dwellings in the ownership of each authority, numbers sold, demolished or planned for demolition. This data is available in NOAC’s Annual Performance Indicator Reports for the years 2014-2018; the most recent data on a local authority basis are set out in their 2018 report, which is available on the NOAC website at the following link: http://noac.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/NOAC-Performance-Indicator-Report-2018-1.pdf.  The previous annual reports are also available on the NOAC website.

Local authorities are responsible, in the first instance, for the management and maintenance of their own housing stock under the Housing Acts, including the carrying out of responsive and planned maintenance and the identification of housing in need of upgrade, regeneration or adaptation and my Department does not have data on the precise circumstances behind local authorities’ decisions in respect of each of their dwellings, beyond that set out in the NOAC data.

Local authorities will always have a level of vacancy in their housing stock, as the turnover of stock is continuous. All local authorities, however, are actively encouraged to ensure vacant properties in their stock are brought back into use as expeditiously as possible and have been supported by my Department in this regard, as well as utilising their own resources to make social homes available to new tenants as soon as possible.