Housing Frequently Asked Questions
Can a landlord opt out of the RAS scheme during the lease due to unforeseen circumstances or to sell the property?
RAS is a scheme for people who are in receipt of Rent Supplement for more than 18 months or who have been assessed by the housing authority as having a long-term housing need (excluding asylum seekers or other non-nationals who do not have leave to remain in the State permanently). The scheme will be administered by the housing authority and is intended to provide additional good quality rented accommodation for eligible persons to enhance the response of local authorities to meeting long-term housing need.
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- Good quality accommodation, which is subject to an inspection by the HSE, Environmental Health Office;
- Tax Compliant;
- Property and tenant registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB).
- Insurance for the property, rented or leased to the housing authority.
- Provision of a BER (Building Energy Rating) Certificate.
(a) Income stream for landlord whether property occupied or vacant;
(b) Housing authority act as agent and nominate tenants that have been interviewed and vetted. The landlord saves on the expense of advertising, engaging with agents for a fee and/or showing the property;
(c) Rent paid directly by local authority eliminating collection costs.
- Assessed as having a medium to long-term housing need;
- In receipt of Rent Supplement for more than 18 months and have a long-term housing need.
(a) Accommodation is good in quality and location;
(b) Secure tenure;
(c) Opportunity to take up full time employment.
The lease period will be negotiated between the RAS unit and the landlord when all criteria has been adhered to and the landlord is happy to engage in the scheme. It can be for a period of 4 years to 15 years. The lease will be administered on a case by case basis.
Can a landlord opt out of the scheme during the lease due to unforeseen circumstances or to sell the property?
Yes. As long as the reason to opt out of the scheme is stated in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2004.
The housing authority will pay up to one months rent towards unnecessary damage to the property. House insurance is a requirement of the landlord to engage in RAS scheme.
Rent will be paid inadvance to the landlord at the end of each month.