Only one property available for single person within rent support limits, report finds –

The number of rental properties available to people on support payments has plummeted in the third quarter of the year.

According to the latest report from the Simon Communities of Ireland, there was just one property available to rent for a single person within housing assistance payment (HAP) limits.

The report found that an “unprecedented” contraction in supply since the lifting of some Covid restrictions has led to a 79 per cent reduction since June in the number of available properties for renters receiving housing supports.

The Locked Out report for October uses data from property website to examine access to housing in the private rental market for people on the HAP. It also looks at the availability of homes to rent over a three-day period.

The report considers the availability of properties within both the standard and discretionary HAP limits in 16 areas around the country for four household

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