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We have carried out research on a wide range of different aspects of housing. This includes housing for specific groups (travellers, older people and people with a disability), housing tenure (private rented, social and owner occupied) and housing market (supply, demand, place, design). The Housing Agency also carries out an annual survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments.

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Guidance for Multi-Unit Developments and Residential Owners’ Management Companies during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Posted: Jun 16, 2020 Research area: 

Produced by The Housing Agency, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and the Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers, this document is intended to provide practical guidance for owners’ management companies (“OMCs”), their property management agents, and their directors during the period of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The material relates to residential OMCs only.

A Guide to the Mortgage to Rent Scheme
Posted: Dec 18, 2019 Research area: 

The Mortgage to Rent Scheme is a Government initiative that was set up in 2012 to help people who are finding it extremely difficult to meet mortgage repayments every month to stay in their home.

Under the Mortgage to Rent Scheme, a person will voluntarily surrender ownership of their home to their lender. A third party will then buy the home from the lender. The person will no longer own their home but they will continue to live in it as a tenant, while paying an income--related rent set by their local authority.

Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2019
Posted: Dec 11, 2019 Research area: Social Housing, Demand
Each year, the Housing Agency carries out an assessment of households qualified for social housing support. The Summary of Social Housing Assessments brings together information provided by local authorities on households that are qualified for social housing support but whose social housing need is not currently being met. It is a point-in-time assessment of the identified need for social housing support across the country.
Housing Agency Annual Report 2018
Posted: Oct 25, 2019 Research area: 
This is the Housing Agency’s Year Annual Report outlining the Agency’s activities and financial performance in the period.
Housing Experiences of Renters and Owners in Ireland: Reports 3 & 4
Posted: Jul 11, 2019 Research area: Social Housing, Private Rented Sector, Owner Occupied, Demand, Design, Place

This report is based on findings from the Housing Agency National Study of Irish Housing Experiences, Attitudes and Aspirations in Ireland, and focuses on the housing experiences of renters and owners in Ireland.

The focus of this study is on housing tenure, and examines levels of satisfaction within homes and neighbourhoods.  Tenure is analysed in more detail in the rented sector, with an analysis and comparison of social and private rented housing, while in the homeownership sector there is analysis and comparison of those who own their home with or without a mortgage. 

Designing Housing to Meet the Needs of All
Posted: Jun 25, 2019 Research area: Housing for People with a Disability

The Housing Agency has produced a roadmap which provides a pathway towards the information required to make informed decisions about better design, and to enable access, in a structured and easily understood way, to the standards and guidance required to ensure that every person has a home that is appropriate to their needs. It is underpinned by the existing regulatory environment, compliance with which is mandatory, as it applies.

Owners' Management Companies, Sustainable Apartment Living for Ireland
Posted: Jun 20, 2019 Research area: Owner Occupied, Supply

This research was jointly commissioned by Clúid Housing and the Housing Agency and conducted by independent researchers. The report "Owners' Management Companies - Sustainable Apartment Living for Ireland" examines current issues for Owners' Management Companies around service charges, sinking funds, the MUD Act, volunteer directors, etc.  It explores international best practice; delivers research findings on the sector and recommends reforms. 

The Housing Agency Strategic Plan 2019-2021
Posted: Apr 16, 2019 Research area: 

The Housing Agency Strategic Plan 2019-2021 sets out the organisation's vision, mission, values and objectives over a three-year period.

Incentives for the Re-Use of Vacant Buildings in Town Centres for Housing and Sustainable Communities in Scotland, Denmark and France
Posted: Mar 01, 2019 Research area: Demand, Supply
This report was commissioned by The Collaborative Working Group for Housing and Sustainable Living, of which the Housing Agency is a member. Authored by Dr Philip Crowe, it examines the reuse of vacant buildings in town centres.
How Data on Vacancy is Created and Used: Case studies from Scotland, Denmark and Philadelphia
Posted: Mar 01, 2019 Research area: Demand, Supply
This report, commissioned by The Collaborative Working Group for Housing and Sustainable Living, of which the Housing Agency is a member, examines how data on vacancy is created using a case study approach.