New private ‘rightsizing’ scheme announced by Limerick City and County Council

8 Two-bed Townhouses available from August 2021 at Mungret Gate.

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 is piloting 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 pilot ‘rightsizing’ scheme is entirely voluntary and in partnership with Clann Housing. It is located at Mungret Gate, just outside Limerick city and is an exciting new scheme of 8 two-bed townhouses becoming available in August 2021.

Clann Housing is a dedicated age-friendly housing provider, committed to providing high quality housing which enable people to age in place, create homes and thriving communities.

Both the council and Clann Housing are working together to deliver more age-friendly housing to Limerick residents, planning ahead to ensure the right housing options and supports are in place as our population ages, reducing the likelihood of entering into nursing homes/ care facilities.

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Daniel Butler said: “The private rightsizing scheme is an entirely voluntary scheme which means that you do not have to move unless you choose to do so. 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.”

Caroline Curley, Director of Housing in Limerick City and County Council added: “This pilot scheme provides the opportunity to ‘right size’ to age friendly accommodation. It’s a project which was targeted to fill a gap in the provision of housing for Older Persons whilst also, freeing up existing larger homes for younger families. It is the first of a number of schemes across Limerick we are working on and we look forward to progressing our plans for rightsizing and age-friendly communities.”

The closing date for receipt of applications from eligible candidates over the age of 55 is 5pm on 5th August 2021.

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.

For more information and details on how to apply are available on here

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