Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (421)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

421. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the plans, if any, he has to change the criteria for buying out houses for voluntary housing groups such as Apex; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30270/13]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2009, introduced a new approach to the sale of social housing whereby social housing tenants, including tenants of approved housing bodies, could acquire new local authority houses and existing apartments under the Incremental Purchase Scheme (IPS). The details of this scheme are available on my Department’s website www.environ.ie.

There is no provision at present for the purchase of individual houses by tenants of approved housing bodies. However, my Department is currently in consultation with the approved housing body sector regarding the development of an enabling regulatory framework to support the expanded role for the sector as envisaged in the Government’s 2011 Housing Policy Statement.

In conjunction with the development of this framework, my Department will examine a range of issues around the long-term financing of the sector. The sale of existing stock to tenants is one of a range of options in this regard.