Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1953)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

1953. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reason rent is being raised in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35410/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The property the Deputy is referring to has received funding under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS). Where sheltered housing is provided by Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) under CAS, my Department’s guidance states that rents should be at levels which are reasonable having regard to tenant’s incomes and the outlay of the AHB on the accommodation.

My Department does not play a role in the setting of individual rents for CAS schemes but the relevant local authority should be consulted and should ensure that agreement on the calculation of an economic rent is in place. As responsibility for the administration of CAS is a matter for the local authority, the Deputy may wish to pursue the case referred to with Kerry County Council.