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Written Answers - Local Authority Housing

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 351.  Deputy Catherine Byrne Information on Catherine Byrne Zoom on Catherine Byrne  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Information on Philip Hogan Zoom on Philip Hogan  the progress that has been made to allow for the sale of local authority flats as provided for in the Housing Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2009; when tenants will be able to begin the process of purchasing their flat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24042/12]

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Information on Jan O'Sullivan Zoom on Jan O'Sullivan The necessary statutory instruments were made in December 2011 under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 to enable the new scheme for the tenant purchase of apartments to come into operation on 1 January 2012. Further regulations will be made in the coming months prescribing the form of the transfer orders for the three transfers of property ownership involved in the scheme. I have asked housing authorities, as the initial step in implementing the scheme, to identify apartment complexes in their housing stock that might be suitable for designation for tenant purchase, subject to the required level of support from the tenants of the complexes concerned. As housing authorities must take a series of steps in the run-up to the individual designation of complexes for tenant purchase, it is not possible to say at this point when councils will be a position to issue the first invitation to tenants in a designated complex to purchase their apartments under the scheme.

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