Full Council: 27 March 2023
Motion – Councillors Vanessa Liston, Peter Hamilton and Colm Kenny: That the council uses the tenant-in-situ purchase scheme and other relevant schemes to maximise the purchase of homes put up for sale that are occupied by HAP tenants or other social housing tenants, working with AHBs where appropriate to make the purchases, and puts a high priority on setting up measures and the government support mechanisms required to borrow to fund these purchases.
Report: Week beginning the 13 of March the council received delegated sanction for the purchase of 55 tenant-in-situ properties in 2023. The council commenced such tenant-in-situ purchases in 2022 and since then has purchased, or is in the process of purchasing, a total of 39 properties. Acquisitions are funded through the Social Housing Investment Programme, which grant funds local authorities to purchase properties, therefore no borrowing is required. If the sanctioned number of 55 properties is inadequate the council will raise this matter with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The circular outlining the tenant-in-situ scheme makes no reference to purchases by AHBs.
Issued by: Ms A Aspell, Director of Services, Housing and Corporate Services