Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1931


Acquisition of Small Dwellings.

Advances to persons intending to construct houses under the Small Dwellings Acquisition (Ireland) Acts, 1899 and 1919.

59.—(1) The Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, 1899, as amended by the Housing (Ireland) Act, 1919 , shall have effect subject to the following amendments:—

(a) An advance under those Acts may be made to a person intending to construct a house, and in such case the limitation in those Acts requiring that the person to whom the advance is made must be resident in the house, shall be construed as requiring that the person should be a person intending to reside in the house when constructed;

(b) The statutory condition requiring the proprietor of a house in respect of which an advance has been made to reside in the house shall have effect for a period of three years from the date when the advance is made, or from the date on which the house is completed, whichever is the later, but no longer, and compliance with this condition may at any time be dispensed with by the local authority;

(c) Where an advance is made in respect of a house in course of construction, the advance may be made by instalments from time to time as the building of the house progresses, so that the total advance does not at any time before the completion of the house exceed fifty per centum of the value of the work done up to that time on the construction of the house including the value of the interest of the person to whom the advance is made in the site thereof;

(d) A person shall not, by reason only of the fact that an advance is made to him under those Acts, be disqualified from being elected as or being a member of the local authority by whom the advance is made or any committee of such local authority.

(2) Paragraph (c) of sub-section (2) of section 15 of the Small Dwellings Acquisition Act, 1899, is hereby repealed.