Tenant Purchase Scheme

The Tenant Purchase Scheme is a new scheme to let local authority tenants buy their homes. Under this scheme, you can apply to Waterford City & County Council to to buy your local authority house. If approved, you must continue to live in the house for as long as you own it. You will get a discount on the price of the house based on your income.

The applicant must be a tenant for one year or longer and is required to have a minimum income of €15,000pa. The applicant/applicants primary income must be from employment. Applicants may not have been in rent arrears for more than 12 weeks in the previous three years and they will be subject to Garda checks in relation to anti-social behaviour.

An application fee of €100 (to offset the cost of the initial valuation) is payable to the local authority.

Certain types of units are excluded from the scheme as per the Tenant Purchase Scheme Regulations;

  • Units designed for elderly people
  • Apartments/duplexes
  • Part V units
  • Units specifically designed for occupation by travellers, where more than one such house or dwelling is provided on the land concerned
  • Caravan, mobile home or a structure or a thing that is capable of being moved from one place to another (whether by towing, transport on a vehicle
  • The regulations also provide that the local authority can also exempt certain types of properties for reasons of proper & prudent management of the authority’s housing stock. The following additional types of property are excluded from the tenant purchase scheme operated by Waterford City and County Council.

  • Properties acquired or built in last 5 years
  • Specifically adapted properties and/or bungalows in larger urban areas
  • Mortgage to rent properties
  • Documentation

  • Tenant Purchase Scheme Application Form
  • Tenant Purchase Scheme Information Booklet

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