Buy and Renew Scheme

Local authorities may buy suitable vacant properties in need of repair for social housing.

The Buy and Renew Scheme supports local authorities in purchasing and renewing housing units in need of repair and making them available for social housing use. It is a matter for each local authority to determine a property’s suitability for social housing. It aims to help tackle the problem of dereliction and to improve an area’s appearance.

As a complementary initiative to the Repair and Leasing Scheme, it provides the option for suitable properties to be purchased rather than leased, if that is the property owner’s preference.

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