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Local homeowners must be incentivised to renovate vacant properties

Jul 5, 2022 14:07 By Shannonside News
Local homeowners must be incentivised to renovate vacant properties Local homeowners must be incentivised to renovate vacant properties
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A vacant homes officer has now been appointed to Leitrim County Council.

New measures must be introduced to incentivise home owners to renovate vacant properties across Leitrim.

That's according to Councillor Enda McGloin who raised the issue at a meeting of Leitrim County Council yesterday.

According to preliminary census data almost 2,900 houses are empty and the Fine Gael representative believes a tax would encourage home-owners to renovate their idle buildings for sale or rent.

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He called on the local authority to investigate the reason for such a large amount of empty homes and ways to address this.

In a statement, Leitrim County Council say a fulltime vacant homes officer has been appointed and they will carry out a number of inspections and surveys.

Speaking to Shannonside FM Councillor McGloin hopes to engage with the new officer to ease pressure on the county's housing stock

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