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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Roadmapping a Viable Community-Led Housing Sector for Ireland
Posted: May 12, 2021 Research area: Social Housing, Owner Occupied

Community-Led Housing is a ground-up approach which enables people to pool their collective resources to create homes that are accessible and affordable to all. It understands housing not as just the ‘provision of houses,’ but the empowerment of diverse, sustainable communities.

The Housing Agency Annual Report 2019
Posted: Mar 24, 2021 Research area: 
This is the Housing Agency’s 2019 Annual Report, outlining the Agency’s activities and financial performance in the period.
Review of Local Authority Social Workers and Personnel Employed to Assist Travellers with their Accommodation Needs
Posted: Mar 23, 2021 Research area: Social Housing, Housing For Travellers

This report presents a review of the role of social workers and other personnel employed by local authorities specifically to assist Travellers with their accommodation needs.

It was commissioned by The Housing Agency on behalf of the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

This publication was written by Michelle Norris, Angela Palmer, Joanne Kelleher and Jim Campbell, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin.

Summary of Social Housing Assessments 2020
Posted: Mar 09, 2021 Research area: Social Housing

Produced by The Housing Agency using local authority data, the annual Summary of Social Housing Assessments (SSHA) 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.

The SSHA 2020 report can be read here.


Among the key findings of SSHA 2020 are:

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 Supported 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.