Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ceisteanna (315)

Richard Boyd Barrett

Ceist:

322 Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will examine the case of persons (details supplied) who have been living in the same house for 14 years and now face homelessness as they cannot find a new home within the rent allowance caps and their landlord cannot reduce their rent any more than he already has. [35019/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Social Protection)

The person concerned has been awarded rent supplement up until the expiry date of his lease on 30 April 2013. This provides sufficient time to allow him to renegotiate the rent with his landlord within the rent limits set. If he cannot secure a reduction, he must secure alternative accommodation within the prescribed limits. The new maximum rent limits came into force on 1 January 2012 and are in line with the most up to date market data available. The purpose of the rent limit review is to ensure that maximum value for money for tenants and the taxpayer is achieved whilst at the same time ensuring that people on rent supplement are not priced out of the market for private rented accommodation.

Question No. 323 answered with Question No. 55.