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Sunday 29 January 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# hap

This month
January 2023
# Housing Assistance Payment
There were just 41 properties available to rent for people accessing HAP last month
HAP is a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower-income households.
Last year
2022
# banking review
Bankers 'rewarded' with bonuses and a pay boost despite tracker mortgage scandal, says McDonald
AIB and Permanent TSB will follow suit as the State sells off more of its stake in those banks.
# Housing
Income thresholds for social housing to be increased by €5,000
Income limits for most counties have not increased in a decade, the Taoiseach said today.
# locked out
Record low number of HAP properties available to rent
The report, which examines 16 areas of the country, found that there were only 35 HAP properties available.
# Housing
HAP discretion rate changes for the first time in 6 years, increasing to 35%
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says he will be expanding the couple’s rate to single people.
# Housing
Report on increasing HAP rates released soon as pressure mounts on government over homelessness
The number of people who were homeless nationwide in the last week of April was 10,049.
# hap
Concerns around HAP payment levels set to be raised at housing committee today
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing will receive an update on its interim homelessness report today.
# Housing
90 per cent of rental properties unavailable to HAP recipients
Just five properties were available within standard HAP limits for a couple or one parent and one child.
All time
# hap
Report finds 79% drop in number of affordable rental properties available in just three months
The Simon Communities of Ireland is warning that the lack of availability will cause homeless rates to increase.
# Housing Crisis
Drop in number of households needing social housing but almost 62,000 still on list
Last year the State delivered just over 5,000 new build social homes.
# Threshold
HAP tenants struggling to buy food after paying rent top-ups to landlords, committee hears
There are currently 100,000 tenancies subsidised by the State, which is a third of all tenancies in the rental market.
# Simon Communities
'Chronic lack of supply' of affordable homes outside Dublin, warns homelessness charity
The latest report from the Simon Communities reveals the lack of affordable housing across the country.
# Simon Community
Spike in rental properties available - but many remain 'unaffordable', warns homeless charity
The report, published by Simon Communities, indicates that the new properties will do little to alleviate the housing crisis.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Will the government spend more on HAP than on new social housing this year?
Sinn Féin’s housing spokesman Eoin O Broin made the claim on television this week – but is he right?
# factcheck
FactCheck: The claims from the final party leaders' debate of this year's election campaign
We looked at more of the claims made during last night’s last leaders debate.
# locked out
Just 5.5% of rental housing is within standard HAP limits, according to new report
There is a notable shortage of one-bedroom housing for single people and couples, the Simon Communities said.
# Annual Report
Housing benefit recipients face 'systemic discrimination', Irish human rights body says
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission launched it’s 2018 annual report today.
# Explainer
Here's why tenants can take discrimination cases against landlords at the Workplace Relations Commission
The WRC provides advice on workplace issues to employers and to employees.
# Housing
Just 8% of rental properties are available in Ireland within rent support limits
That’s according to a study conducted by the Simon Communities of Ireland.
# Housing
Just over 4,000 new social houses built last year as target missed
House acquisitions by local authorities has also risen.
# nowhere to go
'I don't want to spend Christmas in a hotel': Family facing homelessness over inability to find new home
‘Elaine’ told RTÉ that she has refused to leave her home despite being ordered to by 7 September.
# crisis
Reliance on government support by renters likely to increase after Brexit
The amount of money the State pays in Hap will also increase if Brexit results in further rent hikes in the capital.
# Housing Assistance Payment
Tenant who took landlord to Workplace Relations Commission over refusal to accept HAP awarded €7k
The complainant, a long-term tenant of the landlord, brought the case after claiming she has been discriminated against by him over his refusal to accept the scheme.
# incentivise
Local authorities offering letting agents €500 fee to house tenants under Hap scheme
It has been well documented that Hap recipients can find it difficult to source accommodation.
# WRC
Landlord who refused rent allowance payment from family ordered to pay €14,000
The landlord has 42 days in which to make the €14,000 payment to the couple.
# Housing Crisis
'It's embarrassing to sleep rough': Son of Father Michael Cleary reveals he is homeless
Ross Hamilton lost his home after a back injury meant he couldn’t work and his landlord refused to accept a HAP payment.
Voices
HAP: Landlords are just turning around and saying, 'Someone else is after coming in with cash'
“It gets so much that I actually just stopped for two, three weeks because I couldn’t bear to keep going, getting refused, getting refused, getting refused,” says Daniel who has been looking for accommodation with HAP for eight months.
# Housing
Just 8% of rental properties are available within rent support limits
That’s according to a study conducted by the Simon Communities.
# DCC
€28 million was paid in rent to landlords last month under the Housing Assistance Payment
Hap and Homeless Hap are a form of rental benefit payment to assist lower income households.
# hap
Just 7% of rental properties are available within rent support limits
Simon Communities has published a new report looking at the issue.
# private rental sector
'A chronic over-reliance': 76% of social housing came from the private rental sector last year
Opposition politicians, housing experts and NGO officials have all criticised an overreliance on the private sector.
# What HAP-Penned
98% of HAP properties in Dublin failed to meet rental standards
Of these 117 failed properties, compliance was only achieved in eight.
# rental supplements
Flat search: Not one property available to rent for a person on rent supplement
A Simon Communities study has found that the number of rental properties on the market has dropped significantly.
Voices
The reality of house hunting on HAP: 'Please don’t call back if I don’t email you the address'
A HAP applicant stands no chance against a well paid individual seeking the same property, writes Chris O’Donnell.
# all the facts
FactFind: What is the state of social house building in Ireland?
We break down the argument over waiting list figures – and what the government says it will do to clear them (or not).
# Renting
Landlords are evicting tenants and doing up their properties as a 'back door' around rent limits
Housing charity Threshold launched its pre-Budget submission today.
# housing assistance
Tenants awarded 'substantial compensation' for discrimination by landlord
They were awarded compensation ranging from €13,300 to €15,000.
# homelessness crisis
Locked out: Most people on housing benefits still can't afford to rent
The Simon Community study found that some 630 properties available to rent are beyond the reach of those on HAP.
# rebuilding ireland
Government's 'over-reliance' on private rental sector could cost €23.8 billion over 30 years
A new report argues that investment should be made into local authority housing as opposed to privately owned homes.
# housing trouble
'I'm at the end of my rope': Mother with severely disabled child desperately trying to find somewhere to live
Tracy McGinnis has said it is impossible to find a place to live with the Housing Assistance Payment.