Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Questions (464)

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

464. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 90 of 11 December 2019, the breakdown of HAP processing times by Dublin and Leinster local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53593/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

HAP application processing times within local authorities vary. Once a HAP application has been received and confirmed as valid by the relevant local authority, it is entered on the system by the local authority and then submitted for processing and payment by the HAP Shared Service Centre. If there are delays at the processing stage within a local authority, payment to the landlord will be backdated to the date on which a complete and valid application form was received by the local authority. The landlord is therefore not penalised for any delay.

The earliest date a HAP payment to the landlord will apply from is the date a complete and valid HAP application has been received by the local authority. The average processing time for a Hap application is based on the average number of days arrears paid to landlords. Landlord arrears is calculated from the later of the following dates:

- Tenant occupancy date;

- Application validation date (minus 5 days); and

- Rent paid up to date.

Set out in the table is a breakdown of average HAP landlord arrears payments for the Dublin and Leinster local authorities, to the end of Q3 2019.

Local Authority

Number of Days Arrears

Carlow County Council

23

Dublin City Council

30

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

18

Fingal County Council

27

Kildare County Council

46

Kilkenny County Council

12

Laois County Council

29

Longford County Council

17

Louth County Council

31

Meath County Council

25

Offaly County Council

23

South Dublin County Council

29

Westmeath County Council

25

Wexford County Council

33

Wicklow County Council

25

My Department has recently written to all local authorities to remind them of the critical need to keep processing times under review at a local level to ensure times are minimised to the greatest extent possible.