Written answers

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Covid-19 Pandemic

Richard O'Donoghue (Limerick County, Independent)
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89. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the status of Covid-19 delays within the Property Registration Authority in view of the fact that delays are impacting the town and village renewal scheme. [23041/20]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The Property Registration Authority is currently operating a high level of service.

Applications for registration can be lodged as usual through the post or DX and are being processed in order of priority.  Urgent applications are being processed expeditiously upon request, on a case by case basis.  For the month of August 2020, intake was 16,818 transactions with 15,461 transactions registered.

All electronic services continue to be available at landdirect.ie and eregistration.ie. Requests for Certified Copy Folios with Map and Copy Instruments can be made online via the landdirect.ie service or by post.   Plain copy orders of Memorials/ROD Applications are being processed by the Registry of Deeds.

The arrear of applications on hand has increased by 26% when compared to the end of August 2019, primarily due to the impact of COVID-19.  As applications for registration are often complex, necessitating numerous legal queries, it is not possible to give a an estimate of the potential delays.  However, as the number of applications being lodged is decreasing, response times will improve over time.  Where a case is urgent and is brought to the attention of the PRA, the matter is dealt with expeditiously in accordance with its customer service policy.

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