Numbers on Rent Supplement payment up 20% since beginning of Covid-19 pandemic –

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SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO the eligibility for the Rent Supplement payment have not been published by the government despite growing concerns of a possible spike in evictions in coming months. 

A government circular seen by shows how the government has expanded the criteria under which individuals can apply for the payment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, housing groups warned that Ireland could see a rise in evictions as a result of the crisis, owing to a build up of rent arrears while people are out of work.

A ban on evictions is currently in place until the end of June, although housing minister Eoghan Murphy is expected to extend the moratorium beyond that date.

One industry source told that a combination of high rents and wide-scale unemployment among those in precarious work presented a “perfect storm”

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