The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage has just published its report (the Report) on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Residential Tenancies (Right to Purchase) Bill 2023 (the General Scheme).

Background

On 7 March 2023, the Government agreed in principle to the introduction of a new legislative

We posted in May that the general scheme of the Planning and Development (Land Value Sharing and Urban Development Zones) Bill 2022 (the General Scheme) had been published by Government.

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage (the Committee) has just published its report (the Report) on its Pre-Legislative Scrutiny

On 25 April the Irish Government announced a housing plan, termed by some as a “mini housing budget”, aimed at cutting the cost of building and refurbishing homes and further speeding up the delivery of housing.

The plan is comprised of the following measures:

  1. The temporary waiver for development contributions on new homes. These contributions,

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In an earlier post we highlighted the introduction, in November 2022, of a temporary moratorium on the termination of residential tenancies during what was referred to as the “winter emergency period”. The legislation was intended to help reduce homelessness numbers over the course of the winter and was due to expire on 31 March 2023.

The European Commission has approved, under EU State Aid rules, the Irish Government’s proposed €450 million scheme to support the construction of apartments to be sold to owner-occupiers. The scheme, know as the Croí Cónaithe (Cities) Scheme, aims to bridge the current “viability gap” where the cost of building apartments is higher than its market

Residential Zoned Land Tax (RZLT) is a new tax introduced as part of the Government’s “Housing for All” plan, which will become payable from 1 February 2024. However, owners of land zoned for residential use should be aware that 1 January 2023 is the deadline for filing an appeal against inclusion of lands

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, TD has today (Wednesday 7 December) announced that the Government has approved the priority drafting of the Registration of Short-Term Tourist Letting Bill.

This is another initiative provided for in the Government’s Housing for All policy and Minister Martin was joined at today’s announcement

On 17 November 2022, the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) published its 2021 Annual Report and Accounts.

The report is available here and deals with issues such as:

  1. How the RTB communicates with customers
  2. How the RTB helps resolve rental disputes
  3. How the RTB regulates the rental sector
  4. How the RTB monitors trends
  5. How