Tenant Purchase Scheme

7 March 2017

Question No. 271


Chun an Aire Tithíochta, Pleanála, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
To the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government:



To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he is reconsidering the tenant purchase scheme to allow the tenant and the subtenant to purchase jointly..
- Brendan Ryan.


For WRITTEN answer on Tuesday, 7th March, 2017.

Ref No: 11502/17


REPLY

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Go vernment (Deputy Simon Coveney)



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 persons must be a tenant, or joint tenants, of the house to be sold by the housing authority, i.e. registered as joint tenants of the property for purposes of rent assessment with the local authority. A tenant, or joint tenants, must then meet the other eligibility criteria of the scheme as laid out in the Housing (Sale of Local Authority Houses) Regulations 2015.

In line with the commitment given in Rebuilding Ireland - Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness , a review of the first 12 months of the scheme’s operation is currently being undertaken by my Department. To inform the review, a public consultation was undertaken, with a closing date for submissions of 10 February 2017. Any changes to the terms and conditions of the scheme which are considered necessary based on the evidence gathered at that stage will be brought forward.

I expect the review to be completed on schedule by the end of Quarter 1 2017.