Threshold: Advice for renters whose tenancies are affected by COVID-19 measures
A number of legislative measures to support tenants during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic have been passed in the Dáil.
These measures include a blanket ban on tenancy terminations and rent increases.
- Any rent increase which was to take effect during the emergency period will no longer take effect.
- Any Notice Of Termination that was to take effect during the emergency period will no longer take effect
Click here for more information on the new measures which took effect for a three month period from Friday 27th March 2020
What to do if your tenancy has been affected by COVID-19 measures COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
If your employment has been impacted by COVID-19 measures, we would urge you to apply for the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment, if you have not already done so.
This is a new social welfare payment for employees and self-employed people who have become unemployed, or who have had their hours of work reduced, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can apply for the payment if you are aged between 18 and 66 and have lost employment due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Students, non-EEA nationals and part-time workers can apply for the payment.
The payment is €350 per week and will be paid for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more information .
To apply for the payment, you will need to fill in a form which you can access by clicking here where you will also get details on how to submit it.
If you have lost your job or had your working hours reduced we would also recommend applying for rent supplement, which is a means-tested payment.
You will need to apply to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) for this, and depending on where you live, you may have to do this through your local INTREO office or remotely through a centralised rent unit.
The latest Rent Supplement forms are available in both word and pdf formats here
There is currently a high demand for social welfare services, so you may experience difficulties in getting through.
We are hopeful that the DEASP will announce measures to support tenants making rent supplement applications at this time, on foot of reduced income or job loss. Updated information will be posted here as it is received.
HAP Tenancies and changes in financial circumstances as a result of Covid-19
If you are renting your home and in receipt of HAP (housing assistance payment) and your experience a change in financial circumstances as a result of COVID-19, please contact the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) and apply for the relevant income supports at mywelfare.ie;
During the Covid-19 measures and following the submission of DEASP documentation, any differential rent arrears that accumulate will be re-assessed and rectified, as appropriate, by your local authority in due course– this will not affect your HAP payment to your landlord.
One Parent Families and Child Maintenance payments
There may be situations where a One Parent Family recipient is no longer receiving maintenance for their child because the other parent has lost their job due to Covid-19 pandemic.
In these cases, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection advises that the One Parent Family recipient should contact their local Intreo Centre and provide it with a letter (from the recipient) stating that they are no longer receiving the maintenance payment from the other parent.
The Department will then revise their One Parent Family payment on that basis for a period of 12 weeks. After that period their means may be re-assessed at that stage following a review.
Direct engagement with your landlord
If you have not already done so, you should contact your landlord or their agent and explain your circumstances and see if a temporary solution can be found, such as reduced rent payments.
Tenancies are being impacted by the current pandemic in a number of different ways. Making rent payments is not the only difficulty being faced by renters: those living in house-shares are also being impacted by self-isolation and social distancing requirements.
Do not hesitate to contact Threshold if you need advice, need our help in contacting your landlord to protect your tenancy or engaging with DEASP.