The Local Authority and Approved Housing bodies are interested in purchasing and leasing vacant properties and sites in Limerick city and county with a view to achieving social housing targets set out under Housing for All.
- Selling Your Property
- Buy and Renew Scheme
- Repair and Leasing Scheme
- Repair and Leasing Scheme Pilot - Expansion of scheme for vacant commercial properties
Limerick City and County Council's Acquisition Programme is currently under review - where you submit details of the property for sale it may be considered appropriate for an Approved Housing Body to purchase the house - where this is the case we will make contact with you to outline next steps.
Limerick City and County Council will purchase one-bed units throughout Limerick city and county - subject to the normal terms and conditions. While we may not be in a position to purchase larger units please consider leasing your property to Limerick City and County Council. We will only consider properties that are currently vacant (property must be vacant before same is offered for sale or lease.
A property will be considered if it is currently vacant/owner occupied and demand can be established. The objective of the Acquisition Programme is to provide homes for the people of Limerick in sustainable communities with a good balance of mixed income and mixed tenure households.
Note: If you are an owner occupier, it will be necessary to provide details of where you propose to live as the Council cannot consider the acquisition of a property if it will render the owner homeless/ in need of social housing.
Limerick City and County Council are operating a Buy and Renew Scheme to focus on older stock in urban areas with a view to tackling dereliction and improving streetscapes. Please contact us if you know or have an interest in Limerick City and County Council looking at a vacant property.
Do you have a dwelling that has been vacant for 12 months or longer and in need of repairs? The purpose of this scheme is to bring long term vacant dwellings to the required standard for leasing. The property must be made available for social housing for 5 - 25 years and the benefits include:
- Up to €60,000 loan available for refurbishment. The loan used to fund the initial repairs to the property must be repaid over the term of the lease agreement.
- Guaranteed 80% of the market rent
- No day to day maintenance
- No rent arrears
- No vacancy costs
- No letting fees
If you are interested in leasing your property, click here to complete the Leasing Expression of Interest Form.
A limited expansion of the Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) under which the criteria that a property owner must be unable to fund repairs is removed for certain categories of property has been announced.
The expansion to the Repair and Leasing scheme (RLS) which removes the requirement that a property owner must be unable to fund or access funding to bring vacant properties into compliance with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2019.
This modification applies to certain categories of vacant properties only.
- Vacant commercial properties
- Vacant units associated with a commercial property (e.g. over a shop)
- Vacant former institutional buildings
- Unfinished developments where these have been vacant for a significant period of time
This expansion is on a pilot basis. Approval must be granted by the local authority or Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, where appropriate, on or before to 31st December 2022.
The local authority must be satisfied that all proposed units meet existing social housing need;
- The property must be vacant for more than one year
- For commercial units, applications must have been made to the local authority for commercial rate deductions under Section 31A of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 or
- The criteria required for such an application must be met, i.e. that the property is unoccupied for the purpose of the execution of additions, alterations or repairs thereto or because the owner is bona fide unable to obtain a suitable tenant or
- The property must be made available for social housing for 5 - 25 years and the final units must comply with S.I. No. 137/2019 - Housing (Standards For Rented Houses) Regulations 2019 and any amending legislation
- A payment amount as close to 70% of market rent will be payable for each unit delivered
- All parties engaged to carry out the works, either directly by local authorities, approved housing bodies (AHBs) or by property owners, must be tax compliant
- Works are required to bring units up to minimum rental standards
- RLS does not apply to new build units (with the exception of unfinished developments where the properties have been vacant for a significant period of time)
The property owner may apply for up to a maximum of €60,000 (including VAT) per unit, if required. In such cases, the full funding advanced must be recouped via an offset in the leased payment. Where a property owner is bringing more than one dwelling in a single development into the scheme or where one large premises is being subdivided so as to provide multiple units, the funds available i.e. €60,000 (including VAT) per dwelling, may be apportioned between a number of dwellings once total funding for all dwellings does not exceed €60,000 per dwelling. This must be subject to a minimum spend on each dwelling, which may be determined by the local authority taking the overall level of funding into account. Where there is no upfront funding, no offset is required.
In multi-unit developments, the upfront funding may be used for the repair of common areas that are required for the property to meet rental standards, e.g. stairs, hallways etc. Funding for essential common areas must fall within the total allocation of €60,000 per unit; no additional funding is available. In some larger developments, communal areas such as community centres may be provided. These are outside the terms of the scheme and no upfront funding or lease payment is available for such units under RLS.
The Planning and Development Act (Exempted Development) Regulations 2022 exempt certain classes of vacant units from the requirement for change of use planning permission where these are being brought back into use as residential units. The local authority to ensure that any proposal is in compliance with planning requirements, including whether the above exemption applies.
Phone: +353 61 557028
Click here to download more information about selling or leasing your property.