Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2848)

Robert Troy

Question:

2848. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the long delays in processing queries at the Land Registry; his plans to address these delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34030/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Property Registration Authority (PRA) is the State organisation responsible for the registration of property transactions in Ireland. The PRA manages and controls the Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds and completed in excess of 200,000 Land Registry applications in 2018.

There is considerable variation in the length of time taken to complete a case. Factors that may impact on the completion times include investigation of title requirements, the completeness of the documentation presented, the need to raise additional queries and mapping requirements. Applications submitted to the PRA that are fully in order for registration and that do not result in the raising of queries are dealt with in a timely and efficient manner. Figures available in respect of Land Registry applications for the first half of 2019 show that 86% of applications lodged, which are in order for registration and do not require any changes to the map, are completed within 10 working days.

The process in respect of all applications to the PRA is subject to ongoing business process improvement review to ensure that it is undertaken as efficiently as possible. In addition, the PRA continues to expedite urgent cases on request.

In relation to specific cases, a service for Oireachtas members was introduced in 2006 through which information can be obtained on the current status of individual applications to the PRA. This provides a speedy, efficient and cost effective system through which the PRA can address such queries. This service can be availed of by contacting reps@prai.ie.