Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Ceisteanna (270)

Jim O'Callaghan

Ceist:

270. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process upon which a scheme may be designated under section 2A(7) of the Landlord and Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Act 2019; his plans to create regulations for the designation of such schemes; the number of schemes designated since the commencement of section 2A; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52792/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

Section 2A(7) of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2013, as inserted by section 3 of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2019, provides that I as Minister for Justice and Equality may, by order, designate a scheme for the purposes of that section. I may do so only where satisfied: (a) that the objectives of the scheme include providing persons who are dealing with arrears of payments due on foot of a mortgage on their principal private residence with assistance that is reasonably likely to enable such persons to address difficulties in dealing with such arrears, and facilitate, in so far as is possible, such persons in remaining in their principal private residence, and (b) that it is reasonably likely that the assistance will be provided under the scheme.

I made an order (S.I. No. 399 of 2019), effective from 1 August 2019, providing that the scheme known as Abhaile and the scheme known as Mortgage to Rent are designated schemes for the purposes of section 2A(7) of the 2013 Act. No applications for the designation of other schemes for the purposes of that section have been received by the me to date.