Homeowners deserve redress scheme for latent defects - Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has today said that “Homeowners living in Celtic tiger properties with latent defects deserve a redress scheme to assist cover the costs of remedial work”.
Deputy Ó Broin has called on the Minister for Housing to “initiative a short public consultation with all stakeholders on how best to proceed”.
The call was made in advance of a Dáil debate on a cross party Oireachtas Housing Committee report which called for the introduction of a series of measures to tackle the legacy of latent defects.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The Oireachtas Housing Committee published the Safe as Houses report in January which recommended that a redress scheme to assist home owners with latent defects should be established.
“The Committee unanimously agreed that homeowners living in Celtic tiger properties with latent defects deserve a redress scheme to assist cover the costs of remedial work.
“Today I am calling on the Minister for Housing to initiative a short public three month consultation with all stakeholders on how best to proceed.
"The consultation should engage with homeowners, their representative organisations, the construction industry sand those with direct experience of similar schemes previously established by Government.
“The creation of such a scheme is complex and a number of issues must be teased out including establishing responsibility, determining eligibility and crucially who pays for the works.
“In Sinn Féin’s view those responsible for the defects should bear the cost. However where companies are no longer trading there must be some process in place, funded in part or wholly by industry to offset the cost to homeowners.”