Eight locations in the Listowel Municipal District are currently on the Derelict Sites Register.
All of the properties have been on the register for the past five years.
In response to a motion at the Listowel Municipal District meeting by Cllr Tom Barry, Kerry County Council's Ger O'Brien said owners have been identified for five derelict properties in the region, but they have been unable to establish ownership for the remaining three.
Seven properties were inspected under Dangerous Structures Legislation and three property owners have carried out works to address issues.
Mr O'Brien said the council is very aware of the impact of derelict properties on the appearance of towns and villages and the Derelict Sites Unit is very proactive in dealing with the issue.
Between 2018 and 2020, the unit dealt with 58 derelict properties in the Listowel Municipal District by working with landowners.
Mr O'Brien said it is acknowledged a number of long-running cases need to be considered for Compulsory Purchase Order and this is being piloted in Tralee and Caherciveen.
Cllr Tom Barry said a family who contacted him have been living next door to a derelict property for years and he urged the council to pursue CPO sooner rather than later.
He said such properties could have potential as social housing.
Cllr Barry also paid tribute to the council's Derelict Sites Officer for his work.