Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

House Sales

Photo of Jennifer WhitmoreJennifer Whitmore (Wicklow, Social Democrats)
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1080. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will engage with developers holding onto deposits by potential homeowners in circumstances in which due to Covid-19 potential homeowners cannot draw down a mortgage due to job insecurity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11370/20]

Photo of Eoghan MurphyEoghan Murphy (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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The sale or conveyancing of property is a matter that is governed by property and contract law. In addition, the particular terms on which the title or other rights associated with any particular property is conveyed from a seller to a purchaser, including any conditions in relation to the payment and/or return of a deposit, are contractual matters for the parties to the contract.

As Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government I do not have a primary policy function for the law relating to the conveyancing of property or in relation to the operation of private contracts, and I would have no role in intervening in the contractual arrangements entered into by the parties to a particular private contract. The area of contract law is the responsibility of the Minister of Justice and Equality.


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