Council Says Vacancy Periods For Re-Letting Social Houses Have Halved In Two Years

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Clare County Council says vacancy periods for the re-letting of social houses in this county has more than halved in the past two years.

It’s after a report released this week by the Local Government Audit service showed it was taking more than 15 months to bring vacant social housing units back into use at the end of 2019.

In a statement to Clare FM, the local Council says a number of those units taken into account were pending demolition or needed major refurbishment due to structural defects.


The local authority says so far this year, homes have been vacant for an average of 30 weeks before they’re re-let – a fall

Statement from Clare County Council

“Vacancy period for reletting of social housing as reported is an average of 65 weeks. This was because the figure included 24 social housing units (21% of vacant stock) which were long term vacant and were pending demolition, major refurbishment due to structural defects or were properties for which there was no demand for example properties in Traveller specific sites or rural properties. This report relates to 2019 figures and the vacancy period has reduced significantly during 2021 and we are currently reporting a 30 week vacancy period.”