Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (72, 82)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

72. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when he plans to publish the review on the tenant purchase (incremental) scheme 2016; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16336/19]

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Darragh O'Brien

Question:

82. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the review of the tenant purchase scheme will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16250/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 and 82 together.

The Housing (Sale of Local Authority Houses) Regulations 2015 set the commencement date as 1 January 2016 for the introduction of the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme for existing local authority houses.

The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme.  To be eligible, tenants must meet certain criteria, including having a minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum and having been in receipt of social housing support for at least one year.

In line with the commitment given in the Government's Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness, a review of the operation of the first 12 months of the Tenant Purchase (Incremental) Scheme has been completed and a full report has been prepared setting out findings and recommendations. 

Following consideration of a number of implementation issues arising, I expect to be in a position to publish the Review very shortly. Indeed, it is intended that a wider package of social housing reform measures will be brought to Government in the near future and the relevant recommendations made in the Review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme will be progressed as part of that process.

Question No. 73 answered orally.
Question No. 74 answered with Question No. 67.