Tenants being turned down by landlords for mentioning HAP – Ryan – The Clare Echo

*Cllr PJ Ryan. Photograph: Gary Collins

Criticism has been levelled at the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) which was described as “virtually useless” by Cllr PJ Ryan last week.

Individuals on Clare County Council’s housing list are eligible for HAP which provides assistance for them to pay their rent in private accommodation. It is up to the applicant to source private rented accommodation and the tenancy agreement remains a private agreement between the tenant and their landlord.

In general, under the Residential Tenancies Acts 2004-2015, all private residential tenancies must be registered with the Residential Tenancies Board. Under the HAP scheme, local authorities pay landlords directly by the last Wednesday of every month with tenants paying a weekly rent contribution to the local authority, based on their income and ability to pay, further information on differential rent.


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