Social Housing

Social housing is a national priority and solutions are being brought forth on several fronts to meet the demand.

Government initiatives and legislation in the areas of planning, tax and increased public funding allocation have sought to boost supply, but there is a long way to go.

In addition to increased activity by local authorities, much needed investment interest is developing within the private sector. New legal mechanisms and structures are emerging for the delivery of social housing including:

  • public/private partnerships
  • joint ventures between developers, institutional investors, local authorities and housing associations

The Housing Agency, in conjunction with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG), has been at the forefront in developing solutions to address the social housing crisis such as:

  • the Capital Advance Leasing Facility (CALF) designed exclusively for approved housing bodies
  • the Enhanced Long Term Social Housing Leasing Scheme targeted at developers and investors

Our Services

We are experienced in advising participants in the Irish real estate market and our clients include investors, property developers, financial institutions, charities and housing agencies.

Our lawyers have sector-specific knowledge and give clear and strategic legal advice on all aspects of social housing development of real estate – from the establishment of property investment vehicles and property acquisition, through to financing structures, onward leasing and other occupational arrangements.

We bring together the requisite interdisciplinary legal support for social capital investment projects across our relevant departments:

  • real estate
  • construction
  • planning
  • corporate
  • charities
  • tax
  • financial services
  • public procurement

The nature of social housing development and investment requires bespoke legal advice.

We can help you navigate through the legal nuances of an investment project in the context of the Government initiatives and legislation designed to boost social housing supply.


Chambers & Partners, 2019

Held in “very high regard in the industry”, the team is “extremely knowledgeable”.

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Clients enthuse, “for the level of service you get along with the practical and commercial advice, we think it is super value for money."

Recent Work

  • We have acted for a number of housing associations buying and leasing property for social housing purposes and availing of DHPLG funding via local authorities.
  • We are representing developers, investors and private equity firms transacting units opposite local authorities, the Housing Finance Agency and the Housing Agency for social housing supply.
  • We are engaged by a large financial institution in respect of the legal aspects of the Mortgage to Rent scheme and the private financing of the acquisition by a housing association of social housing units.
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