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Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: The Minister is being wildly optimistic about the impact of the Land Development Agency on the price of private land in the private sector. We will have a row about the Land Development Agency when the Bill comes before the select committee in two weeks. The real problem here is that the Minister does not seem to understand the question. Due to high levels of speculative investment,...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I fully understand the question. As the Deputy knows there are many aspects to this. In terms of direct interventions, the local infrastructure housing activation fund, LIHAF, is one which involves the direct allocation of €200 million to provide for public infrastructure. There are issues with the planning process including delays and continued objections. There are some infamous...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Social and Affordable Housing

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Mick Barry: 31. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will review the planned affordable housing scheme in view of the impact of the scheme on increasing house prices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23275/21]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Mick Barry: Where the Minister left off is precisely where I want to begin, that is, the affordable housing scheme, particularly the shared equity element within it. The Minister says it will bring down housing prices, but it is not just his critics on the left, as many establishment politicians as well as establishment economists have spoken about the potential for this to increase prices. I would...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I thank Deputy Barry for the question. The fundamental point is that if we keep doing the same things, we will get the same results. We need new initiatives. We need to help first-time buyers and the members of "generation rent" who are stuck paying exorbitant rents. We are going to introduce our new cost-rental scheme, the first national scheme of its kind ever. The affordable purchase...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Mick Barry: Could the Minister comment on the breaking news of the statement by Deputy Lahart that Fianna Fáil is drowning in the shadow of Fine Gael's housing policy? I presume the Deputy is referring to the sweeteners to the vulture funds in respect of corporation tax, capital gains tax, rent roll, stamp duty and so on, all of which Fianna Fáil allowed it to make because it was propping up...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: A number of questions have been asked and a number of charges have been made. I believe in home ownership. Some others do not and that is fine. I believe it is an honest and just aspiration for people to have, and one that the State should support. I am not sure what Deputy Barry has against young people or potential first-time buyers and why he would not want to help them to own their...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Social and Affordable Housing (5 May 2021)

Mick Barry: Let us be clear about who has prevented young people buying their first homes: it is not Solidarity or the Socialist Party that have been in government while young people have been locked out of the market and developers have made a fabulous profit. Let us talk about house prices. Capping affordable housing for the equity scheme at €400,000 in the city of Cork is just unreal. What...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Rental Sector

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: 29. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the action he has taken to ensure that an independent valuation of rents has been carried out in cases in which rents are set for long-term leasing contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22884/21]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: With respect to the growth in long-term leasing in recent years, what action has the Minister taken to ensure independent valuations of rent levels are carried out when leases are agreed?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: I thank the Deputy. While the Government's objective is to focus strongly on local authority-led build activity, long-term leasing is an important option available to authorities to supplement delivery and secure high-quality social housing on a long-term basis. Lease payments are paid to the property owner based on a discounted market rent, with the level of discount reflecting the...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: I thank the Minister for the answer. The question refers to long-term leases involving five or more dwellings. Documents released to me under the Freedom of Information Act show that, at least in some instances, multimillion euro long-term leases were signed, having effectively gone through that process, without independent valuation. Incredibly, the valuations provided by the developer...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: The Deputy is probably referring to the Herbert Hill development. That was the first enhanced leasing project approved by the Department. Following the approval, a standard review took place on all application procedures. As a result of the review, it was decided that an additional requirement for approval under the scheme would be that a local authority would, in addition to any red book...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Cian O'Callaghan: Is the Minister confident this practice is no longer happening and there are no other instances of it? I would be grateful for an answer on that. An investigation by Killian Woods in the Business Post found evidence of institutional landlords and investment funds advertising and recording artificially high market rents that do not reflect the rents being charged. The practice of...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Rental Sector (5 May 2021)

Darragh O'Brien: To answer the Deputy's first question, I am not aware of any other issues with regard to valuations and independent assessments. If the Deputy is aware of any, I ask him to bring it to my attention. We have made abundantly clear to local authorities what the procedure is. We have had instances where properties have lain vacant for a long number of months, which is not something I support....

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

House Prices

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: 30. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the steps he plans to take to bring down the all-in cost of residential development in order to make homes more affordable for working persons in view of the 2020 and 2021 reports by an organisation (details supplied) on the real cost of house and apartment delivery. [22934/21]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: House Prices (5 May 2021)

Eoin Ó Broin: As the Minister knows, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, SCSI, has produced two reports on the real cost of housing and apartment developments last year and this year. These have confirmed the growing gap between the all-in development costs of residential developments in the private sector and the sales price. Separate from specific measures targeting eligible affordable home...

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