Peter McVerry Trust has called on the Government to immediately tackle the tens of thousands of empty homes across Ireland. The charity made the comments in a debate on empty homes in the Joint Committee on Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government this morning.
The charity’s CEO, Pat Doyle, said “We must see a major response to the tens of thousands of empty homes across the Country. We have a situation where there are 13 empty homes for every homeless adult in our cities. It is simply not acceptable that we have 50,000 empty homes in areas with such acute housing need and this must be urgently addressed by Government.”
“Peter McVerry Trust has put forward a suite of measures that include additional staff, additional funding together with new legislation around planning barriers and the use of compulsory leasing orders. We want to see immediate efforts to tackle vacant homes because they are the most cost effective and quickest way to deliver additional housing supply. Ultimately, we need a robust, well-funded action plan that local authorities tasked with securing results.”
Local Authorities Must Do More
Mr Doyle said that Peter McVerry Trust believed that local authorities must be proactive in order to tackle the acute lack of accommodation for people on social housing waiting lists and in homelessness.
“There are tens of thousands of empty homes in areas with significant housing need, many of these homes are in private ownership and the Council needs to proactively engage with the owners to get them back into use. Any owner who refuses to engage without just reason should be subject to a compulsory leasing order or a compulsory purchase order.”
“Tackling empty homes is a no brainer, it can deliver badly needed housing, in areas with the greatestPeter McVerry Trust Presentation – Vacant Homes need, but only if Government commits to genuinely tackling the issue.”
Read Peter McVerry Trust’s Opening Statement to the Committee is available to download below.
Publication Date 01/02/2017