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Public Consultation on the review of the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme 2016

Why are we launching a consultation?

The scheme launched in January 2016 introduced some changes compared to previous tenant purchase schemes. The main changes are set out below:

  • Eligibility for the scheme is now based on a minimum reckonable income of 15,000 euro, rather than simply being based on having a tenancy
  • Larger discounts are available compared to previous schemes but are incremental and proportionate to income rather than discounts based on length of tenancy
  • Claw-back period that enables the Government to benefit from any re-sale profits but also incentivising tenants to remain in their homes thus fostering social cohesion and sustainable communities

In line with the commitment given in the Programme for A Partnership Government, which was reaffirmed in Rebuilding Ireland – Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, a review of the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme will begin in January 2017. This review will examine the sale of local authority houses during 2016 i.e. the first 12 months of operation of the scheme with a view to identifying the impact of the changes to the scheme as outlined above. This public consultation process will help inform that Review.

How to get involved

The Department is inviting interested parties to make written submissions or comments, preferably in electronic format, on the Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme 2016 by 6pm on Friday 10th February 2017 to:

  • by post to the Social Housing Policy Section, Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Custom House, Dublin 1

Submissions should be as succinct as possible.

By clicking on the link below titled ‘Documents’ you can access material that may be of some assistance to you as you consider any response to this consultation process :

  • A copy of the regulations governing the scheme,
  • The Tenant Information Booklet issued at the launch of the Scheme, and
  • A short “Frequently Asked Questions” document regarding various aspects of the Scheme.

If you have any queries

If you have any queries concerning this consultation please e-mail or phone 01-8882315

Terms and Conditions

All submissions and comments received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014.

What we will do with your comments

Please note all submissions and comments received may be summarised and included in the final review which will be available on the Department’s website ( unless otherwise requested. In any event, all submissions received will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014. The onus is on persons making submissions and comments not to include material of a private nature in the body of their submission.


Status History

Status - Closed
Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017