The Dáil will today debate a Fianna Fáil Bill to overhaul the Tenant Purchase Scheme. The ‘Housing (Sale of Local Authority Housing) Bill 2016’ seeks to open up the scheme to thousands of additional families by including homes which were originally developed under Part V. Fianna Fáil’s housing spokesperson Barry Cowen says the Bill will make the scheme fit for purpose.
Deputy Cowen said, “If accepted, this Bill will address the fact that voluntary housing tenants are barred from the scheme as it currently stands.
“The previous Government introduced the Tenant Purchase Scheme last January. Fianna Fáil highlighted serious deficiencies with the scheme in the lead up to its introduction. We have consistently pointed out that the removal of Part V homes is problematic as it closes off the scheme to thousands of potential buyers.
“Only 73 applications have been made under the new scheme. This clearly highlights that the scheme has failed and is in need of urgent overhaul. The Bill we have introduced in the Dáil this week seeks to do just that. It will help to ensure that tenants who happen to live in one of the thousands of homes originally developed under Part V are eligible to apply.
“Fianna Fáil will be looking for cross party support to progress this important Bill. We believe that home ownership is good for families and good for communities. Yesterday’s housing plan will do these families no good if the chance to own their own home is not expanded out. Our Bill takes an important step towards achieving this. It’s important that we move quickly to overhaul the scheme and make it fit for purpose.”