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Housing Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Questions (471, 549, 581, 610)

Patricia Ryan

Question:

471. Deputy Patricia Ryan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans to allow tenants living in homes provided under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 to purchase their homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [63198/21]

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Denis Naughten

Question:

549. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans to review the tenant incremental purchase scheme to allow those who were tenants of Part V houses prior to the introduction of the regulations to proceed with the purchase of their homes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1865/22]

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Seán Canney

Question:

581. Deputy Seán Canney asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if he plans to introduce a new tenant purchase scheme for tenants of social houses, including Part V houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2038/22]

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Noel Grealish

Question:

610. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage further to Parliamentary Question No. 456 of 19 October 2021, when reform measures under the social housing reform agenda are likely to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2430/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 471, 549, 581 and 610 together.

The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. The scheme is governed by the Housing (Sale of Local Authority Houses) Regulations 2015. These regulations provide for specified classes of houses to be excluded from sale, including those provided to local authorities under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

The Part V provisions seek to promote social integration and secure mixed tenure, sustainable communities. Accordingly, Part V properties are excluded from the scheme to ensure the original policy goals of the legislation are not eroded over time and the properties remain available for people most in need of social housing support.

In line with commitments in Housing for All, A New Housing Plan for Ireland, I recently introduced changes to the Tenant Purchase Scheme. These included inter alia revising the minimum income criteria for applicants downwards from €15,000 to €12,500, thereby allowing older tenants in particular (whose only income might be the contributory or non-contributory State pension) to buy their homes if they have the means.

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