Fifth Private Rightsizing Scheme announced by Limerick City and County Council

Two bedroom terraced houses available from end of March 2024 at Brú na Gruadán (Phase 1), Castletroy, Co Limerick.

Brú na Gruadán

Are you a homeowner over the age of 55 and find your house too large for your needs? Limerick City and County Council may be able to help.

The local authority has a new scheme where homeowners older than 55 who find their dwellings too large for them, may request the council to purchase their home in return for a life-long tenancy in a managed Older Persons Scheme.

The Private Rightsizing scheme is entirely voluntary and in partnership with Focus Housing Association. Focus Housing Association is committed to providing high-quality housing, enabling people to continue to live independently for as long as possible in their own homes and maintain the connection they have with their community.

The scheme is located at Brú na Gruadán, Castletroy and is an exciting new scheme which includes two bedroom houses becoming available at the end of March 2024. The houses have front and back gardens and subject to consultation with Focus Housing Association pets may be allowable.

Launching the latest scheme, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr. Gerald Mitchell said:

"This is the fifth private rightsizing scheme in Limerick that the Council are working on, and this particular scheme is in partnership with Focus Housing Association to build age-friendly communities. For those who choose the option of rightsizing there are many benefits. They are moving to purpose built, energy efficient, age friendly accommodations that support long term independent living. At the same time, they are freeing up their old home to help meet the housing needs of others."

Caroline Curley, Director of Housing in Limerick City and County Council said:

“Limerick City and County Council and Focus Housing Association are committed to empowering residents to live for as long as they possibly can in sustainable, high quality, affordable homes in their own communities. Our joint ambition is to expand and improve housing options for people over the age of 55. Private rightsizing developments are close to public transport, services and activities that are inclusive of age friendly communities. Our aim is not just to help people wanting to transfer to a smaller home but to release larger 3 or 4 bedroom properties that are in high demand for families that need them most. The Council has an informal register of interest of just under 200 private households enquiring about rightsizing options. We are confident that there is significant latent demand for private rightsizing schemes”

The closing date for receipt of applications from eligible candidates over the age of 55 is 5p.m 22nd March 2024.

Candidates who submit a full application with supporting documentation will be assessed to ensure they meet the eligibility requirements. Limerick City and County Council will hold a panel of approved candidates in excess of the number of available properties in case a selected candidate’s circumstances change and are unable to accept the offer.

More information and details on how to apply are available on 

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