Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
Local Authority Housing
Question 423: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the total number of currently vacant housing units owned by local authorities here which have been vacant for over six months. [7645/12]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 421 to 423, inclusive, together.
Data on local authority housing stock are available on my Department's website, www.environ.ie and the most recent data published in this regard relate to 2010. As the data relate to units both owned and managed by local authorities they also encompass Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) and long term leasing units. At the end of 2010, 1,655 units were reported to the Department as being vacant.
Local Authorities provide information on the proportion of stock that is vacant at the end of each year, and this information is collated and published as part of the annual Service Indicators in Local Authorities Report. The Report also contains data on the average time taken to re-let dwellings. Copies of the 2010 report are available from the Local Government Management Services Board and may be downloaded from their website (www.lgmsb.ie).