Hundreds of households saved from homelessness as result of local authority purchases

Darragh O’Brien said the acquisition of homes has been another ‘very important’ measure explored by the state since the lifting of the eviction ban in April

Darragh O’Brien, the housing minister, said the tenant-in-situ scheme had prevented hundreds of households from falling into homelessness. Picture: Sasko Lazarov / RollingNews.ie

Local authorities have prevented 800 households from falling into homelessness this year by acquiring their homes as they faced eviction, the housing minister has said.

In a statement to the Oireachtas housing committee, Darragh O’Brien said that more than 1,000 more homes occupied by tenants facing eviction have gone sale agreed and are in the conveyancing process.

Following the removal of the winter eviction ban in April, the government put in place new measures to ...