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Options for Vacant Homes and their Owners


  • Are you aware of a vacant home in your area? 

    If you are aware of vacant home/homes in your area you can anonymously log details of same on www.vacanthomes.ie 

  • Are you an owner of a vacant property? 

    When you own a vacant home it can be difficult to work out the options that are open to you to bring it back to use. 

    Mayo County Council are seeking to acquire suitable properties throughout Mayo to provide housing and achieve our targets under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan.  

  • Benefits in bringing a vacant home back to use. 
    • Increase the capital value of your property. 
    • Long term investment potential of a properly maintained dwelling. 
    • Increased sales potential. 
    • Property secured from vandalism/anti-social behaviour. 
    • Provision of homes to those in need of housing. 

     

    Bringing Back Homes – Manual for the Reuse of Existing Buildings 

    This manual has been developed to support and facilitate the reuse of older/vacant buildings in our towns and cities for residential use. The manual provides clarity on the application of the current regulatory requirements to common existing building types and guidance on how best to facilitate their reuse. 

  • Repair and Leasing Scheme

    The Repair & Lease Scheme is intended for owners of vacant homes who cannot afford, or access, the finance required to bring vacant properties up to the standard required for rental. 

    Owners of houses/apartments or bedsits that have been vacant for a year or more and which needs repairs to bring the property to the required standard for rented properties can express an interest in a scheme with their local authority. 

    If a property requires repairs, a local authority or Approved Housing Body (AHB) will pay for repair work upfront to a max of €40,000 or (€50,000 in the case of formed bedsits). In return the property must be made available for social housing for a period of at least 5 years under a direct lease or a Rental Availability Agreement (RAA). 

  • Buy & Renew Scheme 

    The Buy and Renew Scheme is a companion to the Repair and Lease Scheme, as it provides the option for suitable properties to be purchased rather than leased by a Local Authority. 

    In essence you would be selling your home to the Local Authority. A particular focus of the scheme is on older vacant homes to help tackle the problem of dereliction and improve the appearance of the community. 

  • Long-Term Leasing 

    The Long-Term Leasing initiative may be an option for you if you own a house or apartment that is vacant and in good condition. Leasing your property under this scheme takes the uncertainty out of being a landlord for terms of 10-20 years. It is also financially viable with a guaranteed rental income of 80% of the market rent each month. 

    • Some of the benefits to the owner of this option are; 
    • No management of tenants. 
    • No rent or arrears collections. 
    • No day-to-day maintenance of the property. 
    • No advertising or administration fees. 
  • Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) 

    The Housing Assistance Payment is a form of social housing support provided to those who qualify for assistance and have long-term housing need. Under the scheme, payments are made on behalf of tenants directly to the landlord subject to maximum rent limits.  

    Benefits of HAP as an owner of a property are: 

    • Direct electronic payment monthly. 
    • No need for rent collection 
    • 100% tax relief on mortgage interest, as an expense against rental income. 

    Note: Homeless HAP is similar to HAP but differs in that it provides discretion to exceed the HAP rent limits for homeless households. 

  • Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) 

    The Rental Accommodation Scheme  is an initiative to cater for people who are in receipt of rent supplement and living in the private rented sector for 18 months or more. Local Authorities enter direct contracts with landlords for their properties for medium to long term periods.  

    Some of the benefits to owners are; 

    • Prompt payments directly from the Local Authority for the duration of the RAS contract. 
    • Landlords can get paid if the property is vacant between tenancies. 
    • 100% tax relief on mortgage interest, as an expense against rental income. 
  • Who Should I Contact? 

    If you wish to discuss your options further, you should contact the Vacant Homes Officer;  

    Ms. Olivia Gallagher 
    Housing Office 
    College House 
    Station Road 
    Swinford 
    Co. Mayo 
    F12 V126 

    Phone: +353 (0) 94 9064731 

    Email: ogallagh@mayococo.ie 

    Alternatively, you can contact the Vacant Homes Unit at vhu@housing.gov.ie 

    SEE ALSO: 

    Vacant Homes - Report Anonymously

    Rebuilding Ireland 

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