A key component of the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness is a new scheme, the Vacant Housing Repair and Leasing Initiative, which targets the delivery of social housing and also ensures that existing housing stock is used to the maximum degree possible. Waterford City and County Council have piloted and progressed the initiative with Department of Housing Planning Community and Local Government support.
The basis of the scheme is that repair and improvement works to suitable vacant properties are funded to bring them up to the standard for rented accommodation and the cost of the works is then deducted from lease payments over an agreed lease term.
Waterford City & County Council will assist property owners to develop the scope of works and also aid the property owner in the completion of the repair works. Property inspections are carried out by Waterford City & County Council staff who will identify the works required to bring the dwelling to the required standard. Properties in all areas will be considered but particular demand is in Waterford City, Dungarvan and Tramore. Please contact Waterford City & County Council Housing Supply Section for further details or complete and return an enquiry form, available below.