Vacant Homes

As part of the Government Rebuilding Ireland "Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness,” the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is committed to ensuring there is maximum usage of the existing housing stock. If you are the registered owner of a vacant home, you may be eligible to lease or sell your property to Roscommon County Council. Housing reintroduced into the housing market for sale or rent can provide increased income or capital for the owner and increase housing supply.

Schemes which may be of interest to owners of long-term vacant properties include for example; the Buy and Renew Scheme and the Repair and Lease Scheme. The aim of both schemes is to either acquire and refurbish or refurbish the properties to a standard for rental accommodation where there is a need for social housing. Both schemes contribute to urban regeneration and at the same time increase housing supply, thereby reducing homelessness. In addition, homeowners may have an opportunity to sell or enter into short or long lease with Roscommon County Council where there is a social housing need.

New exemptions were brought in as part of the Planning and Development (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2018 which allow change of use, and related works, of certain vacant commercial premises to residential use. This exemption removes the need to obtain planning permission and the associated costs of preparing and submitting a planning application. Secondly, as there is no planning application, then no development contributions will apply to the proposed development.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss any of the above, Roscommon County Council’s Vacant Homes Office can be contacted via email at or by phone on (090) 6632510.

Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) provides Better Energy Home Grants to help homeowners and landlords reduce their energy costs and emissions. Further details on grants payments and qualifying works are available from the SEAI website at