Leasing Private Property
The Government has allocated funding for local authorities and approved housing bodies to lease or rent residential properties from private owners. These properties will be used to provide accommodation to people who are currently unable to source suitable properties from their own resources.
Local authorities and approved housing bodies are available to discuss proposals with owners of all types of properties who are interested in making properties available. The Housing Agency is also available as a central contact point for general enquires.
Properties must be of good quality and can be new or previously occupied. Each local authority and approved housing body (AHB) will also assess the suitability of properties proposed with reference to the housing needs that have been identified for that area and its overall compliance with planning and building control.
In return, the local authority or AHB will enter into a legal arrangement with the owner for the use of the property for an agreed term and guarantee rent payments for the term.
Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs)
Approved Housing Bodies, more commonly referred to as ‘housing associations’, ‘voluntary housing associations’ and ‘housing co-operatives’, are independent not for profit organisations that provide rented housing for low income families or for vulnerable people with special needs. These organisations are approved by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government and provide housing management and related services. For more information on approved housing bodies visit www.icsh.ie and www.nabco.ie
There are two options for property owners who are considering making their properties available to The Housing Authority of Sligo County Council
|Long-Term Leasing Arrangement||Short Term Leasing Arrangement|
|Term of Arrangement||10-19 years||Typically, four to ten years but can be for the duration of the existing tenancy only.|
|Internal Maintenance||Local Authority’s Responsibility||Property Owner’s Responsibility|
|Structural Maintenance||Local Authority’s/Approved Housing Body’s Responsibility||Property Owner’s Responsibility –landlord/tenant relationship exists between property owner and tenant|
|End of Term||Local Authority returns property in good repair order and condition, save for fair wear and tear.||Property Owner retains ongoing maintenance responsibility for the property as normal.|