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Housing: Low Cost Housing Sites

Low cost housing sites

Local authorities may provide housing sites at low cost to assist persons in housing needs to provide their own housing. Such housing may be provided either:


  • individually, with the help, if necessary, of the other social housing measures including shared ownership, local authority house purchase loans, mortgage allowance, etc.
    or
  • collectively, through the voluntary housing schemes, special group shared ownership housing projects or housing co-operatives.

If you are:

  • a person whose application for local authority housing has been approved by the local authority,
    or
  • a local authority tenant or tenant purchaser who wishes to buy a private house and to return your present house to the local authority,
    or
  • a tenant for more than one year of a house provided by a voluntary body under the Rental Subsidy Scheme who wishes to buy a private house and return your present house to the voluntary body,
    or
  • a member of a co-operative or non-profit housing group of which at least 75% of the members are either tenants/tenant purchasers or persons whose applications for local authority housing have been approved by the local authority,
    or
  • a person availing of a group shared ownership project sponsored by a local authority or a housing co-operative,
    you may be able to avail of the low cost sites scheme to obtain a site for the building of a new house.

What is the cost of a site ?

The local authority will decide the cost depending on a number of factors, such as the location of the site and the income and personal circumstances of the applicant. The cost may be as low as €127.

What is a group shared ownership project?

Local authorities or housing co-operatives may sponsor housing schemes specifically for persons who wish to avail of Shared Ownership. In such cases, low cost sites can be made available by the local authority in respect of each house in the scheme whether or not the prospective shared owner qualifies on an individual basis for the low cost housing sites scheme.

Contact details for Housing

Rental Accomodation Scheme (RAS) Central Housing Office - Swinford
College House
Station Road
Swinford
(094) 9251495

Ballina Municipal District Offices
Ballina Civic Offices
Arran Place
Ballina
(096) 76100

Claremorris Municipal District Offices
Kilcolman Road
Claremorris: (094) 9372310

Ballinrobe Housing Office:
Kilmaine Road
Balinrobe: (094) 9541111

West Mayo Municipal District Offices
Belmullet Civic Centre
Church Road
Belmullet
(097) 81004

Westport Housing Office

Altamount Street
Westport
(098) 50400

Castlebar Municipal District Office
Áras an Chontae
The Mall
Castlebar
094 9024444

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