Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Tenant Purchase Scheme

Photo of Charlie McConalogueCharlie McConalogue (Donegal, Fianna Fail)
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1339. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the final report of the review of the tenant purchase scheme will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5873/20]

Cormac Devlin (Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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1380. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of progress of a new local authority tenant purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6881/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 1339 and 1380 together.

The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme, which came into operation on 1 January 2016, is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. To be eligible, tenants must meet certain criteria, including having a minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum and having been in receipt of social housing support for at least one year.

In line with the commitment given in Rebuilding Ireland, a review of the first 12 months of the Scheme’s operation has been undertaken. The review has incorporated analysis of comprehensive data received from local authorities regarding the operation of the scheme during 2016 and a wide-ranging public consultation process which took place in 2017 and saw submissions received from individuals, elected representatives and organisations.

This issue is part of a significant body of work undertaken in my Department in relation to the broader social housing reform agenda. I expect that the review will be published once all the work on these reform measures is completed.

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