With increasing demands for local authority housing Councillor Tom Wood believes that councils should be in a position to purchase existing vacant dwellings either from developers or through NAMA if possible and he tabled a motion to that effect at the September meeting of South Tipperary County Council.
In response, the Housing Section stated that its key focus in attempting to meet housing supply needs rested with the Social Housing Leasing Initiative and the Rental Accommodation Scheme.
The Council continues to invite expressions of interest for the provision of dwellings under these schemes and consideration will be given to properties in areas where there is a need for housing.
Properties must be of good quality and comply with planning and building regulations.
He was also informed that the Government is currently pursuing options for securing a social dividend through the sourcing, both acquisition and leasing, of suitable residential stock for social housing purposes, while providing a return in line with NAMA’s mandate.