My Department awarded a rent supplement payment for the person concerned on 9/10/19 and her payment has been backdated to 1/5/19. Her first payment including arrears will issue on 24/10/19. The person concerned has been advised accordingly.
The Deputy will be aware that as the rental property in question is in an area designated as a Rental Pressure Zone (RPZ) under the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016, rents are only permitted to rise according to a prescribed formula by a maximum of 4% annually.
The person concerned notified my Department of the change in her circumstances and was asked to submit documentation confirming the increase in her rent. Her claim will be re-assessed in line with current legislation and guidelines when this is received.
I trust that this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.