Written answers

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Tenant Purchase Scheme Administration

Photo of Michael LowryMichael Lowry (Tipperary North, Independent)
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463. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government when he will provide information to Tipperary County Council regarding the new incremental tenant purchase scheme which was to come into effect on 1 January 2016 for existing local authority houses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3386/16]

Photo of Pat RabbittePat Rabbitte (Minister, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Dublin South West, Labour)
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468. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if local authorities will provide prospective applicants with details of the terms of the new tenant purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2922/16]

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary North, Labour)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 463 and 468 together.

The new incremental tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses came into operation on 1 January 2016 in accordance with the provisions of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 and the Housing (Sale of Local Authority Houses) Regulations 2015.

In November 2015 local authorities were circulated with details of the regulations accompanied by associated explanatory notes and detailed guidance on the new Scheme. An information seminar on the Scheme was also held for local authority staff in November.

A sample tenant application form has issued to local authorities and an information leaflet for tenants is currently being finalised and will be made available to local authorities in the coming days. Local authorities have been requested to write to all tenants of houses that are available for sale under the new Scheme, notifying them of its commencement.

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