Sunday 23 April 2017

Vacant Homes: More than 3,300 apartment buildings completely empty

Among the main reasons why homes are empty include being offered for sale or being vacant for a long period of time, with no reason noted. Stock Image: PA
Among the main reasons why homes are empty include being offered for sale or being vacant for a long period of time, with no reason noted. Stock Image: PA
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Some 3,308 buildings containing a total 11,680 homes are completely vacant, the CSO 'Housing in Ireland' report says.

While the number of vacant houses and apartments has dropped to 183,312 since the last census of 2011, down 20.3pc, as many as 10,000 are within 1km of a town or built-up area. The figure for vacant dwellings excludes holiday homes, of which there are 62,148.

The report said that in one town, Blacklion in Co Cavan, almost half of all homes are empty, or 46.4pc. This is followed by Keshcarrigan in Leitrim (45.6pc) and Kilgarvan in Kerry (43.1pc).

For larger towns with populations greater than 10,000, the highest vacancy rate is in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, at 14.9pc. This is followed by Longford (14.6pc) and Ballina, Co Mayo (14.3pc).

In all, 140,120 houses are empty and 43,192 apartments. Some 95,596 units are in urban areas, where demand for homes is highest, and 87,716 in rural areas.

But the report also noted high vacancy rates in major towns. It said that of the 183,312 vacant units, some 117,381 are located within 873 'settlements' or villages, towns and cities. Vacancy rates fell in 682 settlements, but in 54 more than 25pc of all homes were empty.

The figures also show that more than 10,000 empty units are within 1km of the nearest town.

Most (41,703) fell between a 1km and 5km radius of the nearest settlement. Some 4,780 were within 500 metres. Some 1,494 were 10km or more from the nearest town or village.

Among the main reasons why homes are empty include being offered for sale or being vacant for a long period of time, with no reason noted.

Other reasons included the owner being in a nursing home, or the property was undergoing renovations.

Of the 182,312 vacant units, almost 83,000 were occupied in 2011. Most homes recorded as vacant in 2011, but now occupied, are rented.

Irish Independent

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