Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tenant Purchase Scheme Welcomed- O'Leary

Tenant Purchase Scheme Welcomed

Sinn Féin councillor Chris O’Leary has welcomed the new tenant purchase scheme agreed by the City Council, but said the right to buy should be extended to council tenants in flats and apartments.

Cllr O’Leary said:

“I welcome the passage of tenant purchase scheme which, giving council tenants the opportunity to buy their own homes, will be good for the tenants and good for their communities.”

“It is also positive that money raised through the scheme will be ring-fenced for housing. Sales to tenants will inevitably deplete the housing stock, while only 161 new houses are to be built this year.”

“However it is unfortunate that council tenants who live in flats or apartments are not included in the scheme. I hope the Labour Party will quickly live up to their election commitment to amend national legislation to enable their inclusion in future. It is normal for people in private developments to purchase their apartments, so I do not see why there should be a difficulty because the landlord is the council.”

For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O’Leary 087-2793407

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