Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (117)

Michael Lowry

Question:

117. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a new tenant purchase scheme will be put in place for council tenants, if he will ensure that this scheme is brought forward as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23832/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The Housing (scellaneous Provisions) Bill 2014, presented to Dáil Éireann on 7 May 2014, will, among other things, underpin a new tenant purchase scheme to replace the 1995 scheme for existing local authority houses, which closed for new applications at the end of 2012. The new scheme will be similar to the two incremental purchase schemes currently in operation, relating to newly-built local authority houses and local authority apartments, respectively .

I expect that the Bill will be enacted by the summer, following which I will prescribe the commencement date and the detailed terms of the scheme.