Leeside apartments become available for occupancy

Leeside apartments become available for occupancy
Leeside Apartments 

THE 59 vacant units in the Leeside apartments will soon be occupied after they were made available for expressions of interest from social housing applicants under the Choice Based Letting (CBL) system.

The apartments on Bachelor’s Quay were sold by Lugus to the Clúid Housing Association and Cork City Council last month, with existing tenants allowed to stay, and 59 social housing units being provided in a €20m deal. The residents of the Leeside Apartments had endured an 18-month saga of tenancy uncertainty after being served with notices to quit by Lugus in October 2017.

They mounted a public campaign against the evictions, which the landlord said were necessary to facilitate fire safety works and refurbishments.

City Hall director of housing Brian Geaney confirmed that the apartments were advertised online to social housing applicants last week and expressions of interest will end tomorrow. He also confirmed the apartments are now 100% owned and will be managed by the Clúid Housing Agency. An additional six housing units have been purchased by Clúid and will be rented to the housing sector.

Mr Geaney said: “The purchase of the 72 units have been supported by the city council and the Department of Housing with funding provided through the capital advance leasing facility scheme (CALF). The units have just undergone a year-long major refurbishment and contain a range of house types and sizes.

“A number of applicants on Cork City Council’s housing assistance payment transfer list who are currently residing at Leeside Apartments will also be offered tenancies by Clúid to remain in their current accommodation.

“The complex is fully owned and professionally managed by Clúid.”

Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) welcomed the release of the apartments to the CBL system and encouraged the council to explore more opportunities similar to that of the Leeside apartments’ situation in the city. Cllr Fiona Ryan (Solidarity) described the return of the homes as a “victory against vulture funds”.

Residents believed the renovation works were merely an excuse to evict tenants to allow Lugus to significantly hike up prices for new tenants. The company denied this and insisted the works were required.

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