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IHRU aims to rehabilitate 4,000 homes next year

13 NOVEMBER 2023
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Governo IHRU Reabilitação Urbana Habitação Acessível
There are still 14,165 dwellings scattered around the country in different states of repair, the rehabilitation of which will be carried out in a "hierarchical manner".
IHRU aims to rehabilitate 4,000 homes next year
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The Institute for Housing and Urban Rehabilitation (IHRU) is rehabilitating around 4,000 homes, and another 4,000 are expected to be rehabilitated next year, said the Secretary of State for Housing, Maria Fernanda Rodrigues, last Friday, 10 November, in the Portuguese Parliament.

"At the moment we have buildings that correspond to more than 4,000 homes that are being rehabilitated and we have scheduled the rehabilitation of another 4,000 by 2024. So this is a considerable universe in terms of workload", she said, emphasising that another 700 dwellings are in the public contracting phase for rehabilitation. There are also 1,000 in design and another 1,000 in pre-design.

As part of the specialised discussion of the proposed State Budget for 2024, Maria Fernanda Rodrigues also highlighted the public institute's 14,165 homes throughout the country, some of which are in a "very serious situation" of disrepair.

According to the Secretary of State for Housing, the buildings have been identified and rehabilitation is being carried out "in a hierarchical manner, taking into account the state of conservation of the buildings".

"We have to start with the most dilapidated buildings, which are the ones that need the most urgent intervention, and then move on to those that are in a lesser state of disrepair", she said.

The biggest obstacle to rehabilitating these buildings is the fact that IRHU doesn't own all the dwellings in certain buildings, making their rehabilitation difficult, since there are condominium owners with few resources and "no financial capacity to meet the value of the rehabilitation that needs to be done".

"In these situations, what is being done is, in collaboration with the municipalities, to identify these condominium owners and integrate them into the local housing strategy so that, through the 1st Right programme, these people, as direct beneficiaries, can be covered and therefore not have to make any financial effort to rehabilitate the building", he explained.

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Governo IHRU Reabilitação Urbana Habitação Acessível
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