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Housing Policy

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 9 September 2021

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Questions (336)

Denise Mitchell

Question:

336. Deputy Denise Mitchell asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when he expects the Affordable Housing Act 2021 to be fully enacted; when he expects the new regulations contained within it to be fully realised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42117/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Affordable Housing Act 2021 was signed into law by the President on 21 July 2021. On 18 August, I signed the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Commencement) (Parts 1 and 3) Order 2021, which commenced Parts 1 and 3 of the Act from 19 August. This brought into operation the Cost Rental element of the Act. The text of the Order is available at:

www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/424/made/en/print  

On 19 August 2021 I made the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Cost Rental Designation) Regulations 2021, which came into effect that day.  These Regulations govern the process by which the owners of dwellings may obtain the designation of their properties as Cost Rental dwellings. The text of the Regulations is available online at:

www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/425/made/en/print  

On 2 September 2021 I signed the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2021, which commenced Part 2 (other than subsections (2)(c), (6), and (7) of section 6) and Parts 4, 6, 7, and 8 of the Act from 3 September. The text of the Order is available online at:

www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/450/made/en/print

With the relevant elements of the Act now commenced, it is my intention to make further Regulations governing Local Authority Affordable Purchase and Cost Rental housing.

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