Thursday, 9 September 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
308. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the scope of the purchasing activity he envisages under section 8 of the Affordable Housing Act 2021; and the provisions it is planned to put into regulations under that section. [41514/21]
The Affordable Housing Act 2021 was signed into law by the President on 21 July 2021. On 18 August, I signed the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Commencement) (Parts 1 and 3) Order 2021, which commenced Parts 1 and 3 of the Act from 19 August. This brought into operation the Cost Rental element of the Act. The text of the Order is available at: www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/424/made/en/print.
On 19 August 2021 I made the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Cost Rental Designation) Regulations 2021, which came into effect that day. These Regulations govern the process by which the owners of dwellings may obtain the designation of their properties as Cost Rental dwellings. The text of the Regulations is available online at: www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/425/made/en/print.
On 2 September 2021 I signed the Affordable Housing Act 2021 (Commencement of Certain Provisions) Order 2021, which commenced Part 2 (other than subsections (2)(c), (6), and (7) of section 6) and Parts 4, 6, 7, and 8 of the Act from 3 September. The text of the Order is available at: www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2021/si/450/made/en/print.
With the relevant elements of the Act now commenced, it is my intention to make further Regulations governing Local Authority Affordable Purchase and Cost Rental housing.