For Written Answer on : 08/02/2022
Question Number(s): 341 Question Reference(s): 6706/22
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage further to Parliamentary Question no. 323 of 1 February 2022; if his Department has considered allowing tenants in unsold affordable properties which have not been added to the local authority housing stock to purchase these properties; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
In September 2020, I convened a working group to examine the issues relating to unsold affordable properties. The working group has discussed a number of options to date and is keen to develop a long term solution which works for all parties including the tenants, the approved housing bodies who have long established relationships with the tenants, and the local authorities. Any proposals must also achieve the best value for the Exchequer. I expect the group to finalise its work and submit a report and recommendations to me later this year.