Grants for vacant properties expanded in Dublin

by Rose Barrett
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Grants of up to €50,000 for homeowners of vacant and derelict properties have been extended to both rural areas and cities in Dublin

Senator Mary Seery Kearney welcomed the scheme which will be available under the Croí Conaithe Towns scheme. First launched in July to towns and villages, it has been expanded so that all areas, including Dublin, are within the scope of the scheme. 

Senator Kearney said: “This expansion is very welcome news for Dublin. Grants for property owners are available to apply for from Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council with €30,000 being the maximum offered for properties which have been vacant for over two years, and €50,000 for derelict properties which may be structurally unsound. 

“My colleague, Minister Peter Burke, has launched the expanded Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant, so that even more vacant and derelict properties in Dublin can be brought back into residential use. Furthermore, our existing housing stock can be best utilised to provide more homes for people in Dublin.” 

She noted the grants can also be combined with the SEAI Better Energy Home Scheme that covers works of up to €26,750, and are available to individuals and families who will use the property as their primary dwelling. 

“This is another measure being employed to support home ownership and provide more homes for our citizens,” she said. 

Commenting on the launch, FG Minister Peter Burke said that the scheme was a much-needed practical measure. “The Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant will work alongside other initiatives such as Town Centre First and Our Rural Future and we will work with our Local Authorities to ensure they are equipped to administer the scheme.” 

He added there were 29 full time vacant homes officers now installed in the sector who were focused on bringing vacant stock* back into productive use. 

“The scheme also promotes sustainability as we know the most efficient home is the one that is already built, limiting emissions from construction, while improving the look of our rural countryside, villages, towns and now cities,” concluded Minister Burke. 

*Properties considered for inclusion must be vacant for two years or more and built before 1993.

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