Written answers

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Local Authority Leases

Photo of Martin KennyMartin Kenny (Sligo-Leitrim, Sinn Fein)
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501. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of private houses that local authorities are renting and subletting as social housing by local authority; the annual cost of renting these houses in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, by local authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40631/19]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The Government has set out an ambitious set of targets for the delivery of social housing in the period to 2021 in its Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan. A commitment to deliver 50,000 new social housing homes through a range of delivery mechanisms is being supported by a multi-annual Exchequer commitment totaling €6.5 billion over the period of the plan. These targets will be achieved using a combination of building, purchasing and leasing high quality properties to meet the needs of households on local authority waiting lists around the country.

Of the 50,000 social housing homes to be delivered under Rebuilding Ireland, 10,000 are targeted to be leased by local authorities and approved housing bodies under leasing arrangements from a range of different sources.

The Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme (SHCEP) supports this delivery of social housing by providing financial support to local authorities for the leasing of houses and apartments. Dwellings under the scheme come from a number of different sources including private owners, Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs), Part V and the NAMA Special Purpose Vehicle (NARPS).

Long term lease arrangements, including the enhanced lease, of privately owned dwellings can be entered into by either local authorities or AHBs. Under these arrangements the local authority or AHB acts as the landlord to the tenant. Local authorities may also enter into availability arrangements with private owners whereby an owner makes their property available to tenants of the local authority for a defined period. Under this type of arrangement, the owner of the property acts as the landlord to the tenant and performs all the landlord obligations.

Details of the total number of privately owned homes made available to local authorities directly (i.e. not through an AHB) under long term lease or availability arrangements at the end of each of the years 2016 to 2018, and at end Q2 2019, are set out in Tables 1 and 2, together with the associated payments to local authorities. Payments made to local authorities in any given year may include claims relating to the previous year, which were previously unclaimed by the local authority.

Table 1: Total operational dwellings provided under lease or availability agreements between Private Owners and Local Authorities 2016 to End Q2 2019

LA201620172018Up to Q2 2019
Carlow County Council36394241
Cavan County Council16161415
Clare County Council206264266275
Cork City Council61615958
Cork County Council7764
DLR County Council20222222
Donegal County Council178180167168
Dublin City Council136129137142
Fingal County Council144168168181
Galway City Council163160114109
Galway County Council40422928
Kerry County Council186233267260
Kildare County Council121918
Kilkenny County Council2592529
Laois County Council38313030
Leitrim County Council16151313
Limerick City and County Council32365661
Longford County Council909210399
Louth County Council264268264264
Mayo County Council176195155169
Meath County Council23232425
Monaghan County Council5599
Offaly County Council204206207208
Roscommon County Council44714
Sligo County Council39404141
South Dublin County Council349369366362
Tipperary County Council361374396395
Waterford City and County Council6760124148
Westmeath County Council291255291293
Wexford County Council105105122123
Wicklow County Council17191718
Total Operational3,3003,4293,5603,622

Table 2: Total amount paid to local authorities in respect of dwellings made available under lease or availability agreements between Private Owners and Local Authorities 2016 to End Q2 2019

LA201620172018Up to Q2 2019
Carlow County Council€186,271€277,394€248,688€60,870
Cavan County Council€79,451€89,272€84,633€20,500
Clare County Council€1,178,967€1,457,652€1,835,086€522,844
Cork City Council€467,126€461,881€361,599€110,559
Cork County Council€131,483€29,774€23,686€6,063
DLR County Council€244,457€284,885€346,252€90,419
Donegal County Council€792,862€1,395,061€1,168,700€292,679
Dublin City Council€1,269,382€1,268,005€1,706,785€496,654
Fingal County Council€1,520,633€1,818,995€1,993,851€607,042
Galway City Council€1,272,002€1,319,269€1,247,258€298,224
Galway County Council€144,583€234,167€208,867€55,917
Kerry County Council€696,287€1,701,976€1,735,375€441,494
Kildare County Council€64,348€20,549€102,296€0
Kilkenny County Council€59,459€50,839€105,791€77,208
Laois County Council€236,738€229,212€256,338€0
Leitrim County Council€59,592€63,091€61,521€15,850
Limerick City and County Council€205,119€238,416€433,950€134,407
Longford County Council€325,517€440,052€568,215€150,702
Louth County Council€1,898,544€2,068,027€2,820,507€568,893
Mayo County Council€771,252€828,874€934,843€233,026
Meath County Council€128,778€171,590€148,370€53,442
Monaghan County Council€43,260€28,861€41,033€13,618
Offaly County Council€1,049,212€1,402,145€1,256,400€327,475
Roscommon County Council€21,998€24,000€38,945€28,392
Sligo County Council€292,836€315,754€349,358€88,916
South Dublin County Council€2,985,837€5,632,023€4,833,228€1,241,822
Tipperary County Council€1,498,150€2,463,763€2,155,626€595,828
Waterford City and County Council€320,232€361,156€851,182€248,493
Westmeath County Council€1,564,580€1,361,235€1,668,132€473,656
Wexford County Council€545,085€646,277€777,553€223,715
Wicklow County Council€163,343€173,667€160,391€71,022
Total Spend€20,217,384€26,857,862€28,524,459€7,549,730


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