The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. 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.
Section 25(1) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 provides that in order to be eligible for the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase scheme the applicant must be the tenant of the house to be sold by the housing authority. Therefore, a tenant in receipt of HAP or RAS in privately owned rented accommodation is ineligible for the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme 2016.
The operation of the Tenant Purchase scheme set out above is a matter for the relevant local authority.