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25/04/2022

Plea For 100% Redress For Defective Homes

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A call has been issued for 100% redress for homeowners affected by latent defects including fire safety defects or water ingress.

Sinn Féin has made a submission to the Working Group on Defects in Housing, setting out what they believe should be present in the final report.

Expanding on the party's suggestions, representative Eoin Ó Broin TD said: "Some of the key measures are summarised below and are expanded on in more detail in our submission.

"Any recommendations from the working group must include 100% redress for homeowners affected by latent defects including fire safety defects or water ingress.

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"The redress scheme must be provided for in Budget 2023 and open for applications from the start of that year.

"This redress must apply retrospectively. It must also be afforded to homeowners who have already covered the full costs of remediation or who are in the process of paying for remediation works.

"All defective homes must be treated equally. This includes apartments, duplexes, and houses in schemes. 

"Any redress scheme must also include private homeowners and social landlords including Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) and local authorities."

Deputy Ó Broin added: "There is an opportunity here to do the right thing for homeowners with defects. The government should ensure that any redress scheme established is as inclusive as possible and that it is ready to go at the start of next year."

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