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April 19, 2016, 6:18 a.m.
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Homeless charities have called for a stocktake system to be put in place as a matter of urgency to monitor the number of vacant properties in an area.
The figures show that in Cork County it takes an average of 66 weeks to get a property ready for a new family after it has been vacated.
In Donegal, it can take up to 44 weeks and in Kerry it is taking an average time of 55 weeks.
The figures show that the problem is more acute in more rural counties when compared to Dublin, where the average time between one family moving in and another moving out of a unit is around 13 weeks.
Many of the county councils cited major repair works, void housing units, difficulty re-letting units in rural and isolated locations and funding as the reasons for dwellings being left vacant for such long periods.
Simon Communities spokesperson Niamh Randall said the amount of time it is taking to get social housing units ready for new tenants was outrageous, considering there are 90,000 people on the social housing waiting list.
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