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Housing Assistance Payments Data

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Questions (294)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

294. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of landlords rejecting HAP tenancies per local authority in 2016 and to date in 2017 in circumstances in which a tenant was previously in receipt of rent supplement or in a private tenancy at that location; the circumstances in which a landlord can legally reject a HAP tenancy in view of the fact that discrimination of tenants in receipt of social welfare is not allowed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24439/17]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a flexible and immediate housing support that is now available to all eligible households throughout the State. There are currently more than 21,500 households in receipt of HAP, including 7,000 households that were previously supported by Rent Supplement. There are currently more than 17,000 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by  the HAP scheme. More that 300 new households are being supported by HAP each week, with a similar number of landlords and agents providing the supported accommodation. 

My Department does not hold information in relation to the length of individual tenancies or the reason for the termination of tenancies. HAP supported tenancies are agreed between the landlord and the tenant; the local authority is not a party to the tenancy and has no role in the agreement.

A landlord or an agent acting on behalf of a landlord is not legally obliged to enter into a tenancy agreement with a HAP recipient. However, since 1 January 2016, a person cannot be discriminated against when renting because they are in receipt of certain payments, which includes HAP, so landlords can no longer state when advertising accommodation that HAP is not accepted. If a person feels that they have been discriminated against by a landlord or their agent, they can make a complaint under the Equal Status Acts to the Workplace Relations Commission. Further information is available on the Commission's website, https://www.workplacerelations.ie

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