A couple whose rent assistance was stopped because their private landlord failed to carry out important repairs have lost a High Court challenge aimed at restoring the payment.
Natanya Feeny and Kealan Duggan, who have two children and are on disability benefit, sued Waterford City and County Council over its decision to stop making housing assistance payments (HAP) for their rented home at Fenian Place, Dungarvan.
Under HAP, a total of €575 per month was paid to their US-based landlord, with the couple contributing €240 per month to it.
Ms Justice Niamh Hyland ruled the council was entitled to cease its contribution on the basis the landlord had not complied with approved standards for rented accommodation.
She also found the council was not under any duty to issue a notice prohibiting the landlord from re-letting the house until the improvement works were done.
The couple moved into the house in
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