Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Information
What is the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)?
Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a new social housing support. HAP will replace Rent Supplement for those with a long term housing need.
Am I eligible to apply?
Households applying for HAP must be a qualified for social housing support.
Further information on applying for social housing support is available at: https://www.sligococo.ie/housing/Accommodation/CouncilHousing/ApplyforCouncilHousing/
How does it work?
If you are eligible and qualified for social housing support, you must source your own private rented accommodation. See monthly Housing Assistance Payment rates below. The Local Authority will pay the landlord directly and the tenant will pay a rent to the Local Authority based on Sligo County Council’s Differential Rent Scheme – see below. The rent will be assessed on your weekly household income. Any shortfall to the landlord between the HAP and the monthly rent for the property, is a matter for the tenant and the landlord to agree upon.
Can I remain on the Housing Waiting List?
If you are qualified for all forms of social housing support and you avail of HAP, you will be afforded the opportunity to request that your household be included on the Housing Waiting Transfer List when you are signing your HAP Tenancy. If you are undecided, you will have a further period of two weeks from signing your HAP Tenancy to request to be included. It is necessary to sign and submit your formal request. Once this two week period elapses it will not be possible for your household to be included on the Housing Waiting Transfer List.
Can I move my HAP to another Property?
If you have held a HAP tenancy for 2 years or longer and you have an up to date rent account, you may apply to transfer your HAP to another property.
Please note Clause 17 of the Rent Contribution Agreement states:
“In accordance with the Act, the HAP Claimant must remain in the property for a minimum period of 2 years. The HAP Claimant will not be eligible to benefit from another HAP payment for a period of 1 year if they leave the property within the 2 year period. The HAP claimant can only move in exceptional circumstances and they must receive permission from the Local Authority before they move.”
If your transfer application is approved, it will be necessary for you to source alternative private rented accommodation.
What happens if I leave my HAP property without permission?
You will not be eligible to benefit from another HAP for a period of 1 year from the date of exiting HAP.
What should I do if I want to leave HAP of my own accord?
You need to give adequate notice to your landlord and to the Council. You need to document the reason for leaving and provide a forwarding address to the HAP office, in order that payments and rent accruals can cease. You are liable for rent until such time as the HAP Tenancy is ceased.
Am I eligible for an increase in my HAP?
Discretionary increases in HAP are considered on a case by case basis. The maximum discretionary increase available is 20%. It should be noted that if there is a change in circumstance, any discretionary increase awarded may also reduce.
What to do, if somebody wants to move in with me in my HAP Tenancy
It is necessary to include the person(s) on your application for social housing support. If the person being included is aged 18 years or older he/she will have submit an application for social housing support in his/her own name and be approved. If the person(s) being included is under 18 years, it is necessary to contact the housing office who will advise what documentation is required.
What to do, if somebody no longer resides with me in my HAP Property
It is necessary to confirm the date of departure in writing and submit documentary evidence of their new address ie utility bill, bank statement (dated within the last six months).
Who should I contact regarding Rent Arrears or putting a Payment Plan in place?
You may make contact with the HAP Shared Services Centre on 061 556600, selecting Option 1 only, have your Customer ID No to hand and ask for the Debt Management Unit or via e-mail to email@example.com
More information regarding HAP can be accessed by clicking on www.hap.ie
See the Tenant and Landlord documents below for more detailed information.
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