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Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: I thank the Minister of State for that response. I want to be very clear that this is just one example of hundreds. If one talks to Threshold or to anyone working in this area, there are hundreds of renters where the RTB will not help progress a case and will refuse point blank to do so if the landlord is not registered or if the renter cannot provide proof of the landlord’s address....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: I thank the Deputy for his question. The Government should firmly focus on what it has done and the evidence to date and on the law that has been passed to strengthen the powers of the RTB and the increase in resources which the board has to conduct its work to ensure that landlords are held to account on any breaches. The courts have the powers in the law. The Deputy is referring to a very...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Housing Provision

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: 5. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason for the delay in the sale of affordable housing in Cork city and south County Dublin. [33474/22]

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: Two developments where affordable housing has been significantly delayed are in Boherboy Road in Cork and Kilcarbery Grange in my constituency. The Boherboy Road development was substantially completed at the end of the year but the properties have still not been put on the market for affordable purchasers. The Kilcarbery Grange development was put on the market recently but eligible...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: I thank the Deputy for his question. I am happy to advise the Deputy that both Cork City Council and South Dublin County Council will be delivering affordable purchase homes this year. Cork City Council has advised that 117 affordable purchase homes will be delivered in the Boherboy Road in Cork City. The first two phases of this development involving 37 homes will be delivered this year...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I thank the Minister. It is significant that we are talking about very small numbers of homes in both locations and, in fact, in the case of a number of the homes that the Minister cited in Cork, while they may be completed this year, it is unlikely that they will be purchased or occupied until next year. That is, however, a separate matter. My understanding of the problem that has...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: There will be a substantial number of affordable homes delivered this year and even more next year. The pipeline within the Deputy's own constituency, in South Dublin County Council, is very strong. We are adding to that through the advance purchase arrangements. One can look at Rathcoole where there are 100 affordable homes, in Clonburris there are 184 and in Killinarden there are 372....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Provision (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: With respect to the pipeline in my own constituency, the pipeline of affordable homes is not very strong. It is anaemic to say the least. There will not be 100 affordable homes in Rathcoole because Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil councillors voted to de-zone the land. We may get some social housing in there, but greatly reduced from what was originally planned. Likewise, while we have...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: The concern with St. Michael's Estate is that, while the planning application will go in at the latter end of this year, and that will take time, there will be potential cost increases if the post-planning, pre-construction phase of that development is elongated. In some cases projects of this size can take up to two years to get to construction. I have said before that it would be sensible...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: Thankfully, we see more and more affordable housing sites open up right across the country now. We have our advance purchase schemes. We approved five more last week. That is good. That is moving. As for St. Michael's Estate specifically, I know the Deputy raised that a number of weeks ago during Question Time. I am more than happy to sit down at the appropriate time with Opposition...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Eoin Ó Broin: I have two specific propositions. As for St. Michael's Estate, I think the development could be greatly progressed if the Department were to firm up the commitment to have a single point of approval within the Department for mixed-tenure projects. That was one of the considerations to come out of the review. This is the ideal project on which to test that. There needs to be a senior...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Housing Schemes (23 Jun 2022)

Darragh O'Brien: Last year, when Poolbeg had run into the sand and there was nothing happening with the site, I held a round-table meeting in the Custom House with all interested parties, including residents and local representatives. I want to see the site move forward, but it will move forward only if a reasonable deal can be done. I want that to happen. As I said, I briefed residents just yesterday...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Rental Sector

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: 4. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the redress available to tenants who make a complaint to the Residential Tenancies Board about breaches of their tenancy rights when they relate to a tenancy with an unregistered landlord or a landlord who fails to provide an address; the action being taken to address this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: What redress is available to tenants who make a complaint to the Residential Tenancies Board about breaches of their tenancy rights when they relate to a tenancy with an unregistered landlord or a landlord who fails to provide an address? There is a significant issue of the RTB being ineffective in dealing with cases in which the tenant does not have proof of his or her landlord's address....

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Peter Burke: I thank Deputy O'Callaghan for the question. Section 134 of the Residential Tenancies Act requires a landlord to apply to the RTB to register a tenancy of a dwelling within one month of its commencement and, thereafter, within one month of each anniversary of its commencement date. All private landlords, approved housing bodies and providers of student-specific accommodation are required...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (23 Jun 2022)

Cian O'Callaghan: I wrote to the Minister about this recently. Indeed, the Minister has been cc'd in correspondence on this since April. I detailed one instance, an example of hundreds of instances, in which the RTB is unwilling to progress a case against a landlord who is not registered. In that instance the problems began in November 2021, when the hot water in the building stopped working. Following a...

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Planning Issues (23 Jun 2022)

Planning Issues

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Planning Issues (23 Jun 2022)

Gerald Nash: 2. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of the An Bord Pleanála’s review report published in 2016; his views on each recommendation; the recommendations that have been implemented to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32980/22]

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