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Housing Agency launch on-line Affordability Calculator

Housing Agency launch on-line Affordability Calculator

for prospective renters and home owners

Housing Agency urge those in mortgage arrears to seek advice

9 May 2017

The Housing Agency today launched an on-line affordability calculator aimed at providing prospective renters and home owners with guidance on how much they can afford to spend on rent or mortgage repayments taking their individual financial circumstances into account.

 

 

Minister Simon Conveney Annouces Maynooth and Cobh as Rent Pressure Zones

Housing Agency Press Release on Rent Pressure Zones

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD published the fifth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments

Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English TD, today (21st March 2017) published the fifth annual progress report and seventh housing survey on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments.  This reveals an “85% drop in the unfinished developments since 2010 from nearly 3000 to 420.  2016 alone saw the resolution of 248 developments”.

The National Statement of Housing Supply & Demand and Outlook of 2017 – 2018.

The National Statement of Housing Supply & Demand and Outlook of 2017 – 2018.

 

The Housing Agency launched the second edition of the National Statement of Housing Supply & Demand on 7th February 2017, in Dublin Castle. This brings together up to date information on housing trends for 2015 and 2016 while looks ahead to future demand.

National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand and Outlook of 2017-2018

Call for Proposals for the Sale of Property Portfolios

The Housing Agency has been tasked with the acquisition of vacant housing for social housing use under the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. The Agency’s role in this regard is to engage with banks, investors and other potential owners of multiple property portfolios to acquire properties on a national basis. The Agency is therefore seeking proposals from Property Owners/ Builders/ Developers   for the sale of suitable properties. A multi property proposal should be for the sale of 3 or more properties.

Proposals are invited for the supply of multiple property portfolios of completed vacant houses or apartments that are fit for purpose, as per the requirements detailed in this brief, for social housing in all cities, towns and villages within the Republic of Ireland where a housing need exists.     

The Agency is not seeking expressions for individual properties. Any persons with individual properties should contact the relevant local authority to enquiry about purchases

Summary of the Social Housing Needs Assessment 2016 Published

The Summary of the Social Housing Needs Assessment 2016 has been released.

Minister Coveney’s announcement of the Government’s Rental Strategy

The Housing Agency welcomes Minister Coveney’s announcement of the Government’s Rental Strategy together with its package of actions designed to deliver a strong viable and attractive rental sector

Housing design guidelines launched to assist those living with persistent mental health conditions

 

 

The Design for Mental Health - Housing Design Guidelines is available here

Housing Agency Autumn Lecture Series on Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities

Autumn Lecture Series on Building Affordable and Sustainable Communities

Launch of Regulation Office 2015 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis

The Regulation Office at the Housing Agency has released its second Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis on the regulation of AHBs. The Annual Report provides key data and analysis on the AHB sector operating in Ireland based on individual regulatory assessment of 203 AHBs that completed a return. The analysis gives a clear picture of the AHB sector nationally, including information on housing stock, performance, governance and financial management.

Conference on Housing For Older People - Thinking Ahead

A report on Housing for Older People - Thinking Ahead commissioned by the Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange and the Housing Agency

Housing for Older People - Thinking Ahead Report

 

 

 

CONFERENCE: Collaboration and Partnering in Irish Construction Procurement

UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy in collaboration with TCD School of Law and DIT Dublin School of Architecture will host a conference in Sutherland School of Law, UCD, on Saturday Octover 15.

Housing Agency host Build-to-Rent Lecture

On Monday 12 September 2016, the Housing Agency, held the first in a Series of Autumn Housing Lectures. The theme of the lecture was ‘Build-to-Rent’, and was attended by over 100 housing practitioners and stakeholders. 

Build-to-rent refers to purpose-built private rented sector stock focussed towards scale development and institutional owners rather than individual buy-to-let landlords. It is tailored towards a lifestyle built around amenity provision. The good practice principle is that residents should feel they are ‘renting the whole building’ not just the private dwelling.

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government launches the “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government launches the  “Rebuilding Ireland – an Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness

Housing Agency Annual Conference 2016, Achieving Affordability

The Housing Agency Annual Conference recently took place in Dublin Castle. The Conference focused on ‘Achieving Affordability’ in the delivery of housing supply in Ireland. Over three sessions: past, present and future; the conference heard from prominent speakers about the challenges and opportunities for a new Government in delivering affordable, quality homes in sustainable communities. Presentations on the day were filmed and these will be uploaded in the coming days. You can view speaker presentation slides here: 

 

Housing Agency submissions to the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness Committee

Housing Agency submissions to the Oireachtas on Housing and Homelessness Committee

Housing Agency to hold a workshop on New Design Standards for Apartments

Housing Agency to hold a workshop on New Design Standards for Apartments

Minister Paudie Coffey published the fourth annual progress report of unfinished housing developments

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the fourth annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments

Request for Submissions - Official Languages Act 2003

The Housing Agency invites submissions in relation to the preparation of the draft scheme from any interested parties.

Increasing Demand for Housing Requires Significant Increase in Supply of Housing

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17 finds supply and demand balance a key challenge

 
The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015 - 2017

The National Statement of Housing Supply and Demand 2014 and Outlook for 2015-17 finds supply and demand balance a key challenge

Launch of Regulation Office Annual Report 2014 and Financial Standard

14th July 2015

Launch of Regulation Office 2014 Annual Report and Sectoral Analysis and the Financial Standard and Assessment Framework

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers

Minister Kelly welcomes cut to variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers

Mr. Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (15 June, 2015) welcomed the 0.20% cut to the variable mortgage rate for local authority borrowers.

Ministers Kelly & Coffey Announce €91 Million Housing Investment – Minister Kelly

Ministers Kelly & Coffey Announce €91 Million Housing Investment – Minister Kelly

Investment in Refurbishing, Energy Efficiency and Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability

Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Alan Kelly TD and Minister of State for Housing & Planning, Paudie Coffey TD have  today (28 May, 2015) announced over €91 million worth of housing investment.

Government Strengthens Framework to Support Mortgage Holders in Arrears

Government Strengthens Framework to Support Mortgage Holders in Arrears

The Government has agreed a number of new measures to support mortgage holders who are in arrears.   Building on action already taken, the measures aim to increase the supports available to people in arrears and to increase the numbers of people availing of them.

 

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the third annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments 2014

Minister for Housing, Planning and Co-ordination of Construction 2020, Paudie Coffey, TD, today published the third annual progress report on tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments 2014.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly & Minister Paudie Coffey launch the Social Housing Strategy 2020

Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Minister of State Paudie Coffey launched the Social Housing Strategy 2020, Support, Supply and Reform

Ministers Kelly and Coffey launch - ‘Social Housing Strategy 2020: Support, Supply and Reform - See more at: http://www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/News/Ministers_Kelly_and_Coffey_launch_-_%E2%80%98Social_Housing_Strategy_2020_Support_Supply_and_Reform%E2%80%99.html#sthash.4twoulJW.dpuf
PRTB reports on the Future of Private Rented Sector and Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector

PRTB reports on the Future of Private Rented Sector and Rent Stability in the Private Rented Sector

Statement from The Housing Agency Responding to the figures and commentary by the ESRI

Statement from The Housing Agency Responding to the figures and commentary by the ESRI

Housing Agency Summit

Housing Agency Summit To Address Need For Greater Housing Certainty

Housing and Disability Sectoral Information Session

Housing and Disability Sectoral Information Session

New Report Projects Housing Needs to 2018

A new report published today by the Housing Agency, has projected the level of housing needed across the Republic in the next five years.

Minister O’Sullivan welcomes first meeting of Interim Regulation Committee for AHBs

Interim Regulation Committee for Approved Housing Bodies

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes Report of the Review Group on the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes

Minister O'Sullivan publishes report of the Review Group on the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

Minister O'Sullivan Publishes the 2013 National Housing Survey for Unfinished Housing Developments

The Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD today 28th November 2013,  launched the 2013 National Housing Development Survey.

Minister O’Sullivan Publishes Comprehensive Review of Part V of the Planning & Development Act 2000 and Seeks Views On Future Direction

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today (30/7/2013) published a Review of Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 and seeks views for consideration by September 27th, 2013.

NAMA & Social Housing: Good Progress in First 3 Months of 2013

The first three months of 2013 saw contracts signed or transactions completed in relation to a further 110 properties made available by NAMA for social housing, including both houses and apartments. Further detail on the transactions under the initiative in the first quarter of 2013 is available at www.housing.ie/NAMA

New Housing Delivered in Moyross, Limerick

The Housing Agency was extensively involved in the first new housing project to be completed as part of the Limerick Regeneration Programme.  Keys were handed over to the tenants of Cliona Park, Moyross, Limerick on 25th February, 2013.

Community Liaison Service Sought for Sligo

The Eastern Quadrant of Sligo, which includes the Cranmore Estate, is undergoing a major programme of regeneration funded under the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government’s national regeneration programme. 

Significant Increase In Social Dividend From Nama Properties On Track For 2013

Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan, TD, today stated she expected a significant increase in the number of NAMA properties selected and delivered for social housing in 2013.

2012 National Housing Development Survey Launched

The 2012 National Housing Development Survey reveals steady, quantifiable progress in tackling the issue of unfinished housing developments. 

Free Independent Financial Advice for Borrowers in Mortgage Distress

The Housing Agency welcomes the announcement by Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton TD (6 September 2012) regarding the provision of free independent professional financial advice to borrowers in mortgage distress.

Launch of the Mortgage to Rent Scheme

Mortgage to Rent Scheme provides certainty and security for low income families

New Journal for Irish Housing Professionals

2nd May 2012 - A new journal for Irish housing professionals was launched today by Ms. Jan O’Sullivan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Planning.

'Evaluation of the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability.

Today, the Housing Agency published its ‘Evaluation of the Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability’.  This evaluation was requested by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in 2010 (DEHLG) to examine the effectiveness of the new schemes and to make recommendations for any necessary improvements.