Housing Act, 1988

Grant on surrender of certain houses.

4.—(1) The Minister may, with the consent of the Minister for Finance and subject to such regulations as may be made by the Minister under this section, pay, out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas, a grant to a person—

(a) who, or whose spouse—

(i) in the case of a house which was provided, or which is or was owned, by a housing authority, provides the authority with vacant possession of the house by surrendering the tenancy or by conveying the house without compensation to the authority, or

(ii) in the case of accommodation allocated to a member of the Permanent Defence Force, provides the Minister for Defence with vacant possession by surrendering it,


(b) who purchases or builds a house for his own occupation.

(2) Where a house is being conveyed to a housing authority under this section, the following provisions shall have effect:

(a) the expenses of such conveyance may be paid in whole or in part by the authority;

(b) no stamp duty shall be payable on any such conveyance;

(c) where the house is one in respect of which a subsidy has been paid under section 11 of the Act of 1979, the person conveying the house, notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in a transfer order under section 90 of the Principal Act, shall not be required to refund the subsidy.

(3) Regulations under this section may, in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), make provision in relation to all or any one or more of the following:

(a) the amount of a grant and the conditions under which it may be paid;

(b) the class or classes of houses in respect of which a grant may be paid and the class or classes of persons to whom a grant may be paid;

(c) requirements in relation to the minimum period of residence, whether as tenant or owner, of an applicant for a grant or the spouse of such applicant in a house provided or owned by a housing authority, or in accommodation being surrendered to the Minister for Defence, as the case may be;

(d) the occupation of the house being purchased or built;

(e) the class or classes of houses or accommodation which may be surrendered or conveyed;

(f) requirements that the house being purchased or built shall be suitable for the needs of the applicant for a grant and for those who might reasonably be expected to reside with him;

(g) requirements in relation to the financial and family circumstances of the applicant for a grant;

(h) matters of procedure and administration, including the discharge by specified housing authorities of specified functions in relation to the grants; and

(i) requirements in relation to the payment under any enactment (including this Act) of any other grant, subsidy or assistance in respect of the house being purchased or built.

(4) A grant shall not be paid under this section unless the house or accommodation surrendered in accordance with subsection (1) (a) and the house purchased or built in accordance with subsection (1) (b) complies with such conditions, if any, as may, from time to time, be determined by the Minister for the purposes of this section in relation to standards including standards of construction, repair and services.