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Longford records longest average social housing turnaround time

Oct 12, 2023 13:16 By Shannonside News
Longford records longest average social housing turnaround time
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According to the Council, the figures for 2022 were impacted by the re-tenenting of three long term derelict homes during the year.

Longford has the longest waiting times in the country for filling vacant social houses.

The latest figures from the National Oversight and Audit Commission outlined the number of weeks and the expenditure on getting council owned housing re-tenanted.

The Local Authority Performance Indicator Report for 2022 revealed that an average of €21.8 thousand was spent to insert new tenants in vacant housing per county.

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In 2022, the waiting time for new tenants to be let in dwellings in Longford was 99.5 weeks, the longest in the country, with €35.9 thousand spent in re-tenanting.

According to Longford County Council, the figures for 2022 were impacted by the re-tenenting of three long term derelict homes during the year.

In the Shannonside Northern Sound region, Cavan's mean waiting time was 45 weeks and €21.8 thousand was spent, while it took an average of 26 weeks and the expenditure of €22.5 thousand for a tenant to be placed in housing in Leitrim.

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According to the figures, both Roscommon and Westmeath had an average waiting time of 25 weeks, with a cost of €13 thousand and €23 thousand respectively.

The county with the lowest time taken for a house to be re-tenanted was Monaghan, with an average of 16 weeks and an expenditure of €15.9 thousand

Nationally, €675 thousand was the total cost expended on getting the dwellings re-tenanted.

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