Rabbi Litzman’s Plan Approved: NIS 100K Grant for Buyers of Secondhand Apartments in Periphery

Housing Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman, at his office in the Housing and Construction Ministry. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

The government last week unanimously approved the plan of Housing Minister Rabbi Yaakov Litzman to provide grants for the purchase of a secondhand apartment in the periphery. According to the plan, a grant of NIS 100,000 will be given to buyers of secondhand apartments in peripheral cities, in order to strengthen the localities that have been recognized as national priority localities included in groups A1 and A2 in the field of construction and housing.

Among the cities that will be include in the plan are Eilat, Kiryat Shemona, Kfar Manda, Ofakim, Beit She’an, Dimona, Akko, Nahariya, Migdal Haemek, Araba, Carmiel and others.

Rabbi Litzman said after the decision was approved, “Approval of the grant program I initiated is another step in activities for the periphery – from Kiryat Shemona through Araba and Eilat. Especially at this time it is important to stimulate the housing market. I also thank Finance Minister Yisrael Katz for his support for the advancement of the periphery.”

The plan will encourage demand for the periphery and national priority localities and will provide a rare opportunity for young families who are homeless, as the plan allows immediate occupancy of built and ready-to-live-in apartments.

A grant of NIS 100,000 will be given to anyone who is defined as without a home according to criteria of the Ministry of Construction and Housing, and who has not owned an apartment in the last decade, and the price of the apartment purchased does not exceed NIS 700,000.

It will be emphasized that the grants will be given for an apartment purchase transaction in which the following conditions will be met:

  • The price of the apartment is between 250,000 NIS and 700,000 NIS.
  • The area of ​​the apartment is greater than 40 square meters.
  • The apartment is for living, within the meaning of this term in the First Schedule to the Rent and Lending Law, 1971.
  • This is not a purchase of an apartment under the Public Housing (Purchase Rights) Law, 5758-1998.
  • The purchase will not be from a relative.
  • As part of the transaction, all the rights in the apartment were purchased, including future rights. The mortgage or the bank where the buyer of the apartment is registered will be taken.
  • In addition, upon receipt of the grant the buyer of the apartment will undertake to own the apartment for a period of at least five years. It should be noted that receiving the grant will not prejudice the purchaser’s eligibility to receive a directed mortgage, according to his personal eligibility and in accordance with the rules of the Ministry of Construction and Housing in this matter.

Upon approval of the proposed resolution, the Ministry of Construction and Housing and the Ministry of Finance will pass on to the banks in the coming days guidelines for the implementation of the grants program.

Updated Monday, December 28, 2020 at 10:59 am .