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245000 homes found to be lying vacant on Census night 2016

245000 homes found to be lying vacant on Census night 2016

Between 2011 and 2016 there was a 15% drop in the number of such properties to 245,460.

Irish residential property prices at a national level rose by 10.7 percent in the year to February, according to new official figures on Wednesday.

Rural vacancy rates remain high - Blacklion in Cavan has the highest rate on the list with nearly half of all homes (46.4%) being empty, followed by Keshcarrigan (45.6%) in Leitrim and Kilgarvan (43.1%) in Kerry.

A quarter of them were by first-time buyers and 23% were by people or investors who will not be living in them.

This is in sharp contrast to the 225, 232 homes built between 2006 and 2011.

In regards to the 183,312 vacant dwellings, 79,966 were detached houses, 60,154 were semi-detached or terraced dwellings while the remaining 43,192 were apartments.

The "devastating" scale of the State's housing crisis has been exposed by new figures, charities in the homelessness sector said on Thursday.

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The average weekly rent paid to private landlords in April 2016 was €199.92, up from €171.19 (16.8%) in 2011.

When it comes to renting, the number of households paying at least €300 to private landlords each week skyrocketed 166% to 48,933.

Focus Ireland said the crisis continues to deepen as huge members of families are still losing their homes and more action is required to prevent this and to also fast-track delivery of housing through a range of measures including getting suitable empty homes back into the active housing stock and providing homes for people.

The highest rent growth was in Dublin city, where it increase by 30%.

The home-ownership rate for Longford was 63.7%, compared with 66% in 2011.

Mr Davitt said the big impediments to house building included a lack of knowledge in government of the true cost of construction, the inability of smaller builders and developers to access finance and at reasonable interest rates, a lack of competition in the lending market, mortgage lending rules and a risk-averse attitude among lenders.


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