Government’s housing action plan will pilot Vacant Housing Initiative in Carlow – Deering

22nd July, 2016

Fine Gael Carlow Kilkenny TD, Pat Deering, has said that the Government’s housing action plan will pilot a Vacant Housing Repair and Leasing Initiative in Carlow.

“The Government has now published a comprehensive housing action plan, called ‘Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness’. With this new plan, Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney, is delivering on a key commitment in the Programme for Government to prioritise solving the problem of the housing shortage that arose during the recession.

“I recently brought Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal, Damien English to Carlow to discuss the possibility of a housing pilot scheme for Carlow. I am delighted to confirm that this is now coming to fruition, and the Vacant Housing Repair and Leasing Initiative in the housing action plan will be piloted in Carlow, with the intention of rolling out the plan nationally by 2017.

“This initiative will ensure faster delivery of housing than new-build as no planning process is involved.

“This initiative should also be really attractive to owners, as the property is renovated and subject to a long-term lease, giving the owner a guaranteed income.

“It will enable local authorities, having identified appropriate vacant privately owned properties in their functional area, to enter into long-term lease arrangements with property owners. It will be a new mechanism for local authorities to provide up-front grant aid to prospective landlords to meet reasonable renovation works to upgrade the properties to current rental standards. In return, such landlords will enter into cost efficient contractual arrangements under the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP).

“I look forward to monitoring the roll out of this pilot scheme in Carlow, which it is hoped will be of great benefit to local people and families who are in need of a home. Fine Gael in Government is ensuring that our economic recovery benefits those who need it most, and I can think of no better case than people in need of housing. Everyone has a right to a place to call home.”