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Dwyer concerned at overcharging on local authority house sales

13 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Councillor John Dwyer has expressed serious concern that some purchasers of Local Authority homes in Wexford may have suffered overcharging by the local authority.

Cllr. Dwyer's concerns were raised following a question put to the October meeting of New Ross Town council, when he asked whether the provisions contained in Circular HRT6/95 from the Department of the Environment have been rigorously applied to all tenant purchase applications.

Under the Tenant Purchase Scheme tenants of local authority homes must be offered a discount of 3% of the market value of the house, less improvements made by the tenant, for each year of tenancy up to a maximum of 10 years, plus a discount of €3,809.21 and no stamp duty must be applied.

However, Cllr. Dwyer has questioned whether these statutory discounts have been applied in every case.

Speaking on Monday Cllr. Dwyer said:

"Following my request to New Ross Town Council, I am seriously concerned at the possibility that the discount of €3,809.21 may not have been applied to every local authority house sale in New Ross and fear that this may also be the situation in the other local authority districts in Wexford. Indeed the Wexford County Council website does not even include this discount in its section dealing with Tenant Purchases:

"I am continuing to investigate this situation and would call on all purchasers of local authority homes in Wexford to check their Valuation Certificates from their local authority and to investigate if the proper statutory discounts have been applied.

"Any tenant purchasers who feel that the proper discounts may not have been applied should contact me directly as I intend to continue to vigorously pursue this investigation." ENDS

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