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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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Engaging a Property Management Agent: Guidance for Owners' Management Companies
Posted: Feb 03, 2021 Research area: 

The Housing Agency has developed a guidance document, Engaging a Property Management Agent: Guidance for Owners' Management Companies

The guidance consists of topics and questions that may be considered by OMC directors when selecting an agent for a multi-unit development, such as an apartment block or housing estate having shared services and spaces.

Social, Affordable & Co-operative Housing in Europe
Posted: Dec 03, 2020 Research area: Social Housing, Design

This report features case studies from Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark into innovations in design and construction of social, affordable and co-operative housing in Europe.

The report can be read here.

Thinking Ahead: The Financial Benefits of Investing in Housing for Older People
Posted: Oct 29, 2020 Research area: Social Housing, Housing For Older People

The report Thinking Ahead: The Financial Benefits of Investing in Supported Housing for Older People was conducted as part of a range of recommended actions under the policy statement ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’, published by the Government in March 2019.

Apartment Living in Ireland 2019

Housing Agency National Study of Irish Housing Experiences, Attitudes and Aspirations in Ireland - Apartment Living in Ireland 2019.  This study set out to find out how satisfied people living in apartments were with their homes.

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.