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Social Housing Leasing Initiative

In order to increase the availability of properties for social housing provision, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG), launched the Social Housing Leasing Initiative in 2009. This involves housing authorities leasing properties from private property owners for the purposes of providing accommodation to households on social housing waiting lists.

Leasing introduces greater flexibility in the composition of the housing stock and provides the opportunity for housing authorities to benefit from market conditions to increase output and meet housing need in a cost effective manner.

Social Housing Leasing Options:

Access to housing stock will be achieved through:

  1. Local authorities leasing properties from private property owners for periods of 10-25 years.
  2. Approved Housing Bodies leasing from property owners, purchasing on the market or constructing properties and making them available for social housing provision through direct agreements with the DHPLG.
  3. Local authorities temporarily utilising unsold affordable housing stock.

Our Role

To support the initiative, the Housing Agency:

  1. Provides advice and information on the leasing initiative to local authorities, approved housing bodies and to developers and property owners interested in participating in the initiative.
  2. Works closely with the DHPCLG and local authorities regarding the development of templates, standard contracts and other guidance that can be used in the operation of the scheme.
  3. Supports and promotes the voluntary and co-operative sector in accessing finance to acquire properties which can then be made available for social housing support through the leasing initiative.

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