Written answers

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Vacant Properties

Thomas Gould (Cork North Central, Sinn Fein)
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81. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if the allocation for vacant house funding will cover the cost of refurbishment of the 180 planned houses or will Cork City Council will be required to meet any deficit. [32240/20]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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With regard to the Voids July Stimulus Programme, the funding available per dwelling in relation to the "standard" and "homeless" voids should be sufficient to cover 100% of the re-let costs where the local authority focus is on meeting re-let standards and re-letting the home in the minimum time possible. There is no funding cap on "long term vacant" voids where significantly more works may be required. 

Cork City Council have been allocated funding of €4.25 million, which is over double their preliminary allocation, to undertake refurbishment work on 182 vacant social housing units and I understand that work on these badly needed homes is progressing well.

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