Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Ceisteanna (245)

Clare Daly


245. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the options available to a couple who apply for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme in circumstances in which one of the married persons is employed and earning a wage and therefore eligible to apply and the other is self-employed since May 2017 with tax returns completed, but not certified for a period of two years; if they can be approved for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme with particular reference to the fact that they can demonstrate that they have been paying a rent of over €1,700 a month for a period of two and a half years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24548/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan was made available from 1 February 2018.  The loan enables credit worthy first time buyers to access sustainable mortgage lending to purchase new or second-hand properties. The low rate of fixed interest associated with the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan provides first time buyers with access to mortgage finance that they may not otherwise have been able to afford at a higher interest rate.

As part of the eligibility criteria for a Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan applicants must:

- be in continuous employment for a minimum of two years, as the primary earner or be in continuous employment for a minimum of one year, as a secondary earner

- have an annual gross income of not more than €50,000 as a single applicant or not more than €75,000 combined as joint applicants

- submit two years certified accounts if self-employed

In terms of self-employed applicants, Section 3.3 of the credit policy, which underpins the scheme, states that income details provided by the applicants must be supported by the following:

- Minimum of two years accounts with an Accountant's or Auditor's Report (a qualified report is not acceptable) from a suitably qualified practitioner (ACCA/FCA/CPA/IPA) along with an up to date tax balancing statement for the company/business.

- Minimum of 12 months most recent personal current account bank statements and a minimum of 12 months most recent business current account statements verifying net income, and 12 months most recent statements verifying savings.

Decisions on individual loan applications are a matter for each local authority's Credit Committee.