The council is doing a count of vacant homes in Laois, as part of an effort to resolve the county’s housing shortage crisis.
The boarded up homes and apartments should be used, Cllr James Kelly said at the September council meeting.
“The biggest issue is housing. It is great to see the likes of Conniberry Way starting and another 20 properties on the way in Portarlington, but there are still units empty and boarded up, and no one knows if they are privately owned or the banks own them,” he said.
He suggests encouraging businesses to rent out overhead floors.
“Maybe we should be looking at our businesses premises,” he said.
He had a motion at the September meeting to ask the council to carry out a detailed audit of all vacant residential properties in the county, seconded by Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald.
The council’s housing section replied that work has already commenced on a detailed audit, as part of the council’s housing initiative.