Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Rent Pressure Zones
491. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 572 of 16 April 2019, if the areas (details supplied) will not be included in a rent pressure zone. [20451/19]
492. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 572 of 16 April 2019, the processes that will exist for ensuring that electoral areas that have recently been redrawn potentially affecting the calculation of average rents and average rent increases can be included in rent pressure zones. [20452/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 491 and 492 together.
The expiry date of all deemed and designated RPZs will be extended to 31 December 2021 under the Residential Tenancies (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2018. The Bill further provides that any area falling within the new Cork City Council boundary, which is not already within a RPZ, will become one from 31 May 2019.
Areas already designated as RPZs will remain designated and areas that are not designated nor due to become part of Cork City Council will retain their current undesignated status.
New Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) and Municipal Districts were signed into law on 31 January 2019 for Cork City and County (which took into account the expanded Cork City boundary) for the May 2019 local elections.
Carrigaline and its hinterland will be contained within its own LEA and Municipal District, which will become wholly within the remit of Cork County Council on 31 May 2019. The areas of Carrigaline south of the Owenabue River and Crosshaven will be contained in the Carrigaline LEA and will come under the remit of Cork County Council and as such will not become RPZs by virtue of the change to the boundary.
The Boundary Committee Reports 1 and 2 which recommended these changes show the new LEAs – Report No. 1 contains Cork County and Report No. 2, Cork City. These reports are available at the following link - .