Who are we?
Emptyhomes.ie is owned by Erin Research, Ireland’s leading probate genealogy company. We specialise in tracing missing beneficiaries and next of kin to estates worldwide, and apply this expertise to vacant properties and unused lands.
Erin Research helps identify and find owners of empty and derelict properties so that we can facilitate their reuse as family homes in communities across Ireland.
Passionate about returning vacant housing stock to the Irish market, we feel that the potential of vacant homes is overlooked by many as a source of providing housing to those desperately in need.
We work with private individuals and numerous other stakeholders in the housing sector to help bring empty homes back into use.
For more about our work please see our FAQ page.
So, what do we actually do?
Ireland has an endless amount of unused properties that could serve as family homes for both social housing and the private market.
Our services are aimed at directly and indirectly bringing empty homes back into use in communities across Ireland, and we work with various stakeholders within the housing sector to achieve this.
There are 3 main steps of the process;
Firstly, we need to identify vacant properties across Ireland so that we can begin our ownership investigations.
This website acts as a means for us to do this.
As a member of the public, you can log details of an empty property with with us also by clicking on the button below. If you are the owner of a vacant property, why not get in touch and we will discuss the possible purchase of your property from you.
We also encourage estate agents nationwide that may have knowledge of an empty home in their localities to contact us to see if we can work together and have that property reused.
The next phase of the process involves how we identify the vacant property owners and their whereabouts.
In many cases we must carry out extensive research to establish the ownership details.
A key component of how we bring vacant properties back to life is through the information provided to us by you..
The more information you provide such as the name of the last registered owner (if known), how long the property is lying vacant, etc., the better.
Once we have identified the owners of a vacant home, we make contact with them directly and enquire about whether they would be interested in selling their property.
If the owner agrees to sell, we work with them and introduce them to a suitable purchaser. The buyer can be in the form of a home seeker, an investor, or even a local authority or other.
We work with the vendor and purchaser to ensure that the process is successfully completed and the home brought back into use.
So, how can you help?
Find ItKeep an eye out for empty homes near you
Watch out for vacant properties
Your local knowledge and input could be a contributing factor to providing a family home for someone
Log ItTake some pics and note the empty home address
Upload the details
Once you have identified an empty home, simply log on to our website and upload the details along with some pics if you have them
Text ItSend us a pic and the address via Whatsapp on 089 4196616
To make life even easier, you can Whatsapp us all empty home details by text
Spread the WordWe need your help to identify empty homes nationwide
Tell your family and friends
Word of mouth is a simple way to let people know about our website and what we are trying to achieve.
Tell your friends and family and ask them to log on or text us also.