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      Have there been any recent changes in legislation that I should know about?

      Yes, recent Government legislation requires us to make some changes to the eligibility criteria for housing support and housing assessment.

      What are the main changes?

      The main changes are as follows:

      • A new allocations scheme replaces the Scheme of Letting Priorities. This is available on our website. Housing Allocations Scheme 2011 (pdf -68kb) PDF Icon   pdf 123kb             
      • To be eligible for Social Housing Support in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area you must either live in the County Council area or have a connection to the area.
      • You may apply to one Local Authority only. Please see point 6 below in relation to your choice of areas.
      • You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis.
      • You must not own alternative accommodation which could be occupied or sold and the proceeds used to secure other suitable accommodation.
      • Your net income must be below the thresholds below;
      Single
      Adult
      Two Adults
      No Children
      One Adult
      One Child
      One Adult
      Two Children
      One Adult
      Three Children
      Two Adults
      One Child
      Two Adults
      Two Children 
      Two Adults
      Four or more Children 
      Three Adults
      Four or more Children
      €35,000  €36,750  €35,875  €36,750  €37,625 €37,625  €38,500  €40,250  €42,000

       

      What will this mean for me as an existing Social Housing Support applicant?

      Under the new regulations, you must be eligible and have a need for housing to be considered for an offer of social housing support. 

      Social housing support means that you may be eligible for housing in Council owned properties, RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) properties, Long Term Leasing properties, Voluntary Housing Association properties etc.

      What is the role of the council following the changes in legislation?

      The Council are now obliged to begin the process of reassessing all applicants for Social Housing. The process of reassessment may take some time.

      Will the re-assessment affect my position on the housing list?

      The position of people on the list may change following re-assessment. The eligibility of some people for housing support may also change. While the attached letter details your current position on the Social Housing Support Waiting List, you should note that a full reassessment of your eligibility and need under the new regulations has yet to take place. 

      Could I be removed from the list?

      You will only be removed from the Social Housing Support list if you are not eligible under the new regulations, or if it is established that you do not have a housing need.

      If I am eligible to receive social housing support, which areas can I choose?

      You may identify up to three housing areas – however, one must be in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area.  Your other two choices could be in the other Dublin Local Authority areas i.e. Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and/or Fingal County Council.

      If you so decide, your three choices may all lie within the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area.

      You may change your choice of housing area once in any twelve month period.

      How do I report a complaint of anti-social behaviour?

      Complaints of anti-social behaviour can be made by contacting the section on Tel: 012054700 ext. 4112 or ext. 4183, or 24hr voicemail -2054807, or in writing to,

      Anti-social Section, Housing Department, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

      What happens if I refuse an offer of housing?

      Should you refuse two offers of housing within a twelve month period your application will be suspended for twelve months. Your application will be re-activated after this period however this suspension will not count as time on the housing list.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or eligible for any social housing support. Your entitlement to Supplementary Rent Allowance may also be affected .

      Housing Delivery

      Does it matter where the house/apartment is?
      Once it is within the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council administrative area the Council will accept your application.
      How long before I know if the council is interested in leasing my property?
      Within one week. The property will be inspected and if deemed suitable for leasing by our inspection the Council will then enter into negotiations with you in respect of rental terms.
      How long will the lease be for? Who decides?
      The lease would be for 10 to 20 years and will be agreed between the owner and the Council.
      Who will be renting my property?
      Applicants will be allocated from the Council‟s Housing Allocations list.
       
      What would be the reasons for the Council refusing my property?
      The Council will determine the assessment of need for housing in line with the Council's 'Sustainable Communities Objectives'. It would then be subject to the suitability of your property to meet our needs and the condition of your property, agreement of rent,  production of the various pieces of information requested e.g. BER Cert and conditions of lease.
      What rent will the Council pay me to lease my property?
      The rent equal to 80% of the current market rent.
       
      How often is there a rent review?
      Every 3-4yrs in accordance with the lease agreement, even if rents go up or down.
      How is the rent paid?
      The rent will be paid quarterly in advance by electronic transfer directly into a bank account. Please note that, if the owner is living outside or Ireland, the rental income is subject to withholding tax. Further details on this aspect are available on www.revenue.ie.
       
      Do you need vacant possession?
      Yes
       
      Is furnishing required?

      Yes, please see list below.

      Schedule of Furnishings and Appliances
      Rooms
      Kitchen
      -Appropriate Floor Covering (in good condition)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
      -Cooker (in good working order)
      -Hood Extractor (in good working order)
      -Refrigerator / Freezer (in good working order)
      -Washing Machine (in good working order)
       
      Living Room
      -Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
      -Suite of furniture (appropriate to room size and in good 
      condition)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
       
      Dining Room
      -Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
      -Table & Chairs (appropriate to property size and in good 
      condition)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
       
      Bedroom 1
      -Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
      -Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
      -Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
       
      Bedroom 2
      -Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
      -Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
      -Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
       
      Bedroom 3
      -Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
      -Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
      -Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
       
      Bathroom/En-suite
      -Appropriate Floor Coverings (in good condition)
      -Bathroom Cabinet (in good condition)
      -Shower screen/curtain (in good condition)
      -Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
       
      Who is responsible for the maintenance of the property?
      The Council takes responsibility to manage the tenancy and to manage and maintain the property. 
      Who is responsible for the structural maintenance of the property?
      The owner of the property will retain responsibility for structural maintenance, structural insurance and structural repair.
      Who is responsible for grass cutting/window cleaning?
      The person(s) allocated the property in the case of houses and the Management Company in the case of apartments.
      Who pays the annual Management Fees?
      The management fees remain the responsibility of the owner of the property.
       
      Will the Council inspect the property?
      Properties must be of a very good to excellent standard and condition. 
      During the negotiation process the Council will arrange an inspection of 
      the property to ascertain its suitability for inclusion under lease 
      arrangements. It will be inspected to confirm that the property meets 
      very high structural and decorative standards. Properties must comply 
      with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses Regulations 2008) and 
      also with all planning and Building Regulation.
      Should the tenant engage in Anti Social Behaviour (ABS) or cause a nuisance what action is open to me?

      The Council will have the responsibility for dealing with anti-social behaviour.

       

       

      Must I register with the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board)?

      No.

      What happens if the tenant vacates the property? Do I still get paid?
      Yes. However payments may be terminated in circumstances where a landlord is in breach of his/her obligations under the term of the lease 
      agreement.
      .Can I withdraw from the contract during the lease term if I want to sell the property?
      No. Under the long term leasing arrangement the property can be sold by the property owner during the term but only on the condition that the lease agreement is transferred to the new owner and the local authority is notified in advance and is in agreement.
       
      Will the Council purchase the property from me?
      In some instances the property owner may agree with the local authority to include an „option to purchase‟ and/or a “right of first refusal” as a condition of the lease. These clauses give the local authority the option to buy the property at intervals during or at the end of the lease or oblige the owner to first offer the property to the Council should he/she decide to sell. Both parties must be in agreement to include this condition and the specific terms must be negotiated.
       
      If there is a mortgage on the property do I need to inform my lender?
      Yes. Written consent is required from your lender.
       
      What documents/details do I need to give the Council?
      The Council will require a description of the property as well as documents such as the BER (Building Energy Rating), Valid Tax Clearance Certificate and Bank details. Proof of ownership will also be a requirement as will permission for the lender if applicable. A full list of required documents will be provided to the owner in advance of signing of lease.

      Housing Provision - Applicants

      How do I apply for Traveller Specific Accommodation?

      It is Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s policy is to provide traveller specific accommodation for the county’s indigenous Travelling Community.  If you wish to apply for Traveller Specific Accommodation, you can contact the Traveller Accommodation unit at 01 2054848 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.

      Who do I contact regarding repairs?

      Tenants of Grouped housing and Halting site bays may contact the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.  Tenants are advised to consult their Tenant Handbook prior to contacting the Traveller Accommodation Unit.

      What is the purpose of the dlr Traveller Interagency Steering Group?

      The dlr Traveller Interagency Steering Group is set up to co-ordinate services by all agencies that provide services to the Traveller Community. It is representative of manages in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdwon County Council, Housing Service Executive, Garda, Department of Education, Department of Social Protection, VEC and County Development Board.

      Who do I contact regarding illegal encampment in a public area?

      Notify the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie

      Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council does not have the remit to remove illegal encampments from private property.  Illegal encampments on private property are a matter for the landowner.

      Who represents the Travelling Community?

      The Traveller Accommodation Unit works in conjunction with the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee representative of County Councillors, Travellers and Traveller Representatives as required under the Housing (Traveller) Accommodation Act 1998. This Committee advise the Council on all matters relating to travellers and in particular their housing needs.

      Housing Areas

      You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council you can choose up to three housing areas in the Dublin region, at least one of which must be in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

      Your other two areas may be in Dublin City, South Dublin County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to the housing authorities chosen. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will manage your application.  Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period by completing Area Of Choice Form.

      How long will it take before I get offered housing?

      Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  There is a long list of applicants awaiting social housing support.

      Am I eligible for Council Housing?

      Criteria for eligibility for Council housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 

      Eligibility criteria include:

      • Need-You must be in genuine need of housing and be unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
      • Right to live in Ireland-You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis
      • Age-You must be 18 years of age or older
      • Income – your net income must be below the thresholds below:-
      • Single Adult: €35,000
      • 2 Adults No Children: €36,750
      • 1 Adult & 1 Child: €35,875
      • 1 Adult & 2 Children: €36,750
      • 2 Adults & 1 Child: €37,625
      • 2 Adults & 2 Children: €38,500
      • 2 Adults & 3 Children: €39,375
      • 2 Adults & 4 or more Children: €40,250
      • 3 Adults & 4 or more Children: €42,000

      Housing Loans & Rents

      What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
      • Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem
      • Arrears should be paid immediately
      • If it is not possible to pay the arrears immediately tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01-2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.
      •  If a repayment plan is put in place to pay the rent and arrears over a period of time this agreement must be adhered to.
      • Please note that if arrears persist the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings  to repossess the property.
      What do I do if a family member/partner wishes to move into the property?

      No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). If anyone is planning to move into a Council property they should contact Housing Allocations on 01-2054828 to obtain a Permission to Reside form. Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person and this additional rent will be back-dated to when the person moved in.

       

       

      What do I do if a household member moves out of the property?
      • Please notify the Housing Department immediately if a member of your household moves out
      • Documentary evidence of change of address (e.g. lease agreement, utility bill etc.) must be provided to remove an occupant from the rent account 
      How do I check my rent balance?
      •  A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie
      •  Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf
      • A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement.
      What do I do if I lose my payment card?
      • Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement card
      • You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued.
      • We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum. The opening hours are 9.30am - 4.30pm
      How do I pay my rent?
      • It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details)
      • By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign.
      • By using a standing order through your bank. Standing order letters are available from Housing Rents by contacting 01-2054841
      • By cheque, postal order or bank draft
      Do I have to fill in a household information form each year?
      •  Yes, it is a requirement of your tenancy agreement
      • ·It is very important that tenants fill in the household information form correctly each year and supply us with current income details for all members of the household. This enables us to calculate a weekly rent which is accurate based on the income details provided.
      • The Council should be immediately notified if there is a change in income details of any of the members of the household during the year. If there is a delay in doing this back dated debits may be applied to your account.

      Click for household information form

       

      How is my rent calculated?

      Council Housing rents are based on a system called ‘differential rents.’ This means that the amount of rent you pay depends on the amount of your total household income. If your income increases then so does the rent and if your income decreases then the weekly rent decreases accordingly. Rent is calculated based on the current Differential Rent Scheme.

      The person in receipt of the highest income is the principal earner. All other persons in the household with an income are subsidiary earners. Rent is calculated as follows:- principal earner’s income less €35 multiplied by 16%. Subsidiary earners income is calculated the same way, but is capped at €18 per earner. A €1 rent deduction is applied to all children and students in the household. An additional service charge may also apply, such as boiler maintenance or heating charge.

      Do I have to fill in a household information form each year?
      • Yes, it is a requirement of your tenancy agreement
      • It is very important that tenants fill in the household information form correctly each year and supply us with current income details for all members of the household. This enables us to calculate a weekly rent which is accurate based on the income details provided.
      • The Council should be notified immediately if there is a change in income details of any member of the household during the year. If there is a delay in doing this back dated debits may be applied to your account.

      Please see link to “household information form”

      How can I pay my rent?
      • It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details)
      • By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign.
      • By using a standing order through your bank- standing order letters are available from Housing Rents, please contact 01-2054841
      • By cheque, postal order or bank draft

       

      What do I do if I lose my payment card?
      • Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement
      • You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued.
      • We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum, opening hours 9.30am-4.30pm
      How do I check the balance on my rent account?
      • A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie
      • Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf
      • A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement. Copies of rent statements can be issued on request.
      What do I do if a household member moves out of the property?
      • Please notify the Housing Department immediately if a member of your household moves out
      • Documentary evidence of change of address needs to be provided to remove an occupant from the rent account. Acceptable forms of evidence would include a lease agreement or a utility bill.
      What do I do if a family member wishes to move into the property?
      • No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person. 
      What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
      • Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem
      • Arrears should be paid immediately
      • If, it is not possible to pay arrears immediately, tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01-2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.
      • If a repayment plan is put in place to pay rent and arrears over a period of time, this agreement must be adhered to.
      • Please note that if arrears persist, the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings to remove the tenant(s) from the property.
      How can I pay my mortgage?
      • Some older accounts that use a payment card can pay in the post office or make a payment in shops using the “Post Point” sign
      • By standing order through the bank
      • Using online banking
      • By cheque made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
      When is my mortgage due?

      Your payment should come into your mortgage account on the 1st day of every month.

      How can I pay my mortgage in full?

      You can write to the Housing Loans Section requesting a redemption quotation.  A written quotation will be posted out to you.

      How much is left on my loan?

      You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01-2054836.

      How much is my monthly payment?

      You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01-2054836.

      How can I find out if my monthly payments are up-to-date?

      An annual statement is issued every year or you can get a statement showing these details by ringing the Loan Accounts section at 01–2054836.

      Can I make a lump sum payment?

      Yes, you can make a lump sum payment off your mortgage.  You should send your request in writing together with your payment to the Housing Revenue loans section.

      What does Mortgage Protection Insurance cover?

      Mortgage Protection Insurance covers the borrower in the case of incapacity upto age 65 and in the case of death up to age 75.  It does not cover redundancy or unemployment.  If you need further information please contact 01–2054836 .

      Who can I contact if I am concerned about arrears?

      Please contact Amanda Guinan, Housing Loans Section on 01–2054836.

      How can I make an appointment to talk to someone about my arrears?

      You can talk to our dedicated Arrears Support Officer Amanda Guinan by phone 01–2054836 or email aguinan@dlrcoco.ie  or you can contact any member of the Housing Loans Section.

      What is MARP?

      The Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP) was introduced to Local Authorities in October 2012 to help borrowers who are In arrears.

      Will my case be treated confidentially?

      Yes. Every borrower’s case is treated confidentially.

      Is there an income limit for the House Purchase Loan scheme?

      For all loan applications gross earnings for a single-person application must not exceed €50,000 and for joint applications combined gross earnings must not exceed €75,000.

      What is the maximum loan term?

      The maximum loan term is 25 years.

      What is the loan to value ratio?

      Loans will not exceed 97% of the cost of the dwelling or the market value, whichever is less (excluding all grants) and subject to a maximum of €200,000. Mortgage repayments shall not exceed 35% of an applicant's net pay.

      Housing Grants

      Am I eligible for a Mobility Aid Housing Grant?

      The grant is means tested and the level of grant is determined by taking account of the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year.  In order to qualify for a grant under this scheme the gross household income must not exceed €30,000 (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards).

      What is the maximum Grant available?

      The maximum grant available is €6,000 or 100% of the approved nett cost of proposed works.  The applicant may qualify for a refund of the VAT from the Revenue Commissioners subject to certain conditions once they have paid the contractor in full.

      What type of work is covered by the grant?

      The only works available under this scheme are re-wiring, re-roofing and the provision of central heating (where none exists).

      N.B.  Central Heating – There is no grant available under this scheme for upgrading an existing central heating system.  These grants are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at 1850 927000 or www.seai.ie

      Am I eligible for a grant?

      All applications for grant aid under this scheme are means tested and the level of grant is determined as follows, the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year up to a maximum income of €60,000, (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards). 

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Have there been any recent changes in legislation that I should know about?

Yes, recent Government legislation requires us to make some changes to the eligibility criteria for housing support and housing assessment.

What are the main changes?

The main changes are as follows:

  • A new allocations scheme replaces the Scheme of Letting Priorities. This is available on our website. Housing Allocations Scheme 2011 (pdf -68kb) PDF Icon   pdf 123kb             
  • To be eligible for Social Housing Support in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council area you must either live in the County Council area or have a connection to the area.
  • You may apply to one Local Authority only. Please see point 6 below in relation to your choice of areas.
  • You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis.
  • You must not own alternative accommodation which could be occupied or sold and the proceeds used to secure other suitable accommodation.
  • Your net income must be below the thresholds below;
Single
Adult
Two Adults
No Children
One Adult
One Child
One Adult
Two Children
One Adult
Three Children
Two Adults
One Child
Two Adults
Two Children 
Two Adults
Four or more Children 
Three Adults
Four or more Children
€35,000  €36,750  €35,875  €36,750  €37,625 €37,625  €38,500  €40,250  €42,000

 

What will this mean for me as an existing Social Housing Support applicant?

Under the new regulations, you must be eligible and have a need for housing to be considered for an offer of social housing support. 

Social housing support means that you may be eligible for housing in Council owned properties, RAS (Rental Accommodation Scheme) properties, Long Term Leasing properties, Voluntary Housing Association properties etc.

What is the role of the council following the changes in legislation?

The Council are now obliged to begin the process of reassessing all applicants for Social Housing. The process of reassessment may take some time.

Will the re-assessment affect my position on the housing list?

The position of people on the list may change following re-assessment. The eligibility of some people for housing support may also change. While the attached letter details your current position on the Social Housing Support Waiting List, you should note that a full reassessment of your eligibility and need under the new regulations has yet to take place. 

Could I be removed from the list?

You will only be removed from the Social Housing Support list if you are not eligible under the new regulations, or if it is established that you do not have a housing need.

If I am eligible to receive social housing support, which areas can I choose?

You may identify up to three housing areas – however, one must be in the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown area.  Your other two choices could be in the other Dublin Local Authority areas i.e. Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council and/or Fingal County Council.

If you so decide, your three choices may all lie within the Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council area.

You may change your choice of housing area once in any twelve month period.

How do I report a complaint of anti-social behaviour?

Complaints of anti-social behaviour can be made by contacting the section on Tel: 012054700 ext. 4112 or ext. 4183, or 24hr voicemail -2054807, or in writing to,

Anti-social Section, Housing Department, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Marine Rd., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

What happens if I refuse an offer of housing?

Should you refuse two offers of housing within a twelve month period your application will be suspended for twelve months. Your application will be re-activated after this period however this suspension will not count as time on the housing list.  You will not be on the Council’s Housing List for the suspension period and will not have access to Choice Based Letting or eligible for any social housing support. Your entitlement to Supplementary Rent Allowance may also be affected .

Housing Delivery

Does it matter where the house/apartment is?
Once it is within the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council administrative area the Council will accept your application.
How long before I know if the council is interested in leasing my property?
Within one week. The property will be inspected and if deemed suitable for leasing by our inspection the Council will then enter into negotiations with you in respect of rental terms.
How long will the lease be for? Who decides?
The lease would be for 10 to 20 years and will be agreed between the owner and the Council.
Who will be renting my property?
Applicants will be allocated from the Council‟s Housing Allocations list.
 
What would be the reasons for the Council refusing my property?
The Council will determine the assessment of need for housing in line with the Council's 'Sustainable Communities Objectives'. It would then be subject to the suitability of your property to meet our needs and the condition of your property, agreement of rent,  production of the various pieces of information requested e.g. BER Cert and conditions of lease.
What rent will the Council pay me to lease my property?
The rent equal to 80% of the current market rent.
 
How often is there a rent review?
Every 3-4yrs in accordance with the lease agreement, even if rents go up or down.
How is the rent paid?
The rent will be paid quarterly in advance by electronic transfer directly into a bank account. Please note that, if the owner is living outside or Ireland, the rental income is subject to withholding tax. Further details on this aspect are available on www.revenue.ie.
 
Do you need vacant possession?
Yes
 
Is furnishing required?

Yes, please see list below.

Schedule of Furnishings and Appliances
Rooms
Kitchen
-Appropriate Floor Covering (in good condition)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
-Cooker (in good working order)
-Hood Extractor (in good working order)
-Refrigerator / Freezer (in good working order)
-Washing Machine (in good working order)
 
Living Room
-Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
-Suite of furniture (appropriate to room size and in good 
condition)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
 
Dining Room
-Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
-Table & Chairs (appropriate to property size and in good 
condition)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
 
Bedroom 1
-Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
-Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
-Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
 
Bedroom 2
-Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
-Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
-Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
 
Bedroom 3
-Floor Covering(s) (in good condition)
-Bed/Mattress (appropriate to room size, new/fairly new)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
-Wardrobe (appropriate to room size and in good condition)
 
Bathroom/En-suite
-Appropriate Floor Coverings (in good condition)
-Bathroom Cabinet (in good condition)
-Shower screen/curtain (in good condition)
-Blinds/Curtains (in good condition)
 
Who is responsible for the maintenance of the property?
The Council takes responsibility to manage the tenancy and to manage and maintain the property. 
Who is responsible for the structural maintenance of the property?
The owner of the property will retain responsibility for structural maintenance, structural insurance and structural repair.
Who is responsible for grass cutting/window cleaning?
The person(s) allocated the property in the case of houses and the Management Company in the case of apartments.
Who pays the annual Management Fees?
The management fees remain the responsibility of the owner of the property.
 
Will the Council inspect the property?
Properties must be of a very good to excellent standard and condition. 
During the negotiation process the Council will arrange an inspection of 
the property to ascertain its suitability for inclusion under lease 
arrangements. It will be inspected to confirm that the property meets 
very high structural and decorative standards. Properties must comply 
with the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses Regulations 2008) and 
also with all planning and Building Regulation.
Should the tenant engage in Anti Social Behaviour (ABS) or cause a nuisance what action is open to me?

The Council will have the responsibility for dealing with anti-social behaviour.

 

 

Must I register with the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board)?

No.

What happens if the tenant vacates the property? Do I still get paid?
Yes. However payments may be terminated in circumstances where a landlord is in breach of his/her obligations under the term of the lease 
agreement.
.Can I withdraw from the contract during the lease term if I want to sell the property?
No. Under the long term leasing arrangement the property can be sold by the property owner during the term but only on the condition that the lease agreement is transferred to the new owner and the local authority is notified in advance and is in agreement.
 
Will the Council purchase the property from me?
In some instances the property owner may agree with the local authority to include an „option to purchase‟ and/or a “right of first refusal” as a condition of the lease. These clauses give the local authority the option to buy the property at intervals during or at the end of the lease or oblige the owner to first offer the property to the Council should he/she decide to sell. Both parties must be in agreement to include this condition and the specific terms must be negotiated.
 
If there is a mortgage on the property do I need to inform my lender?
Yes. Written consent is required from your lender.
 
What documents/details do I need to give the Council?
The Council will require a description of the property as well as documents such as the BER (Building Energy Rating), Valid Tax Clearance Certificate and Bank details. Proof of ownership will also be a requirement as will permission for the lender if applicable. A full list of required documents will be provided to the owner in advance of signing of lease.

Housing Provision - Applicants

How do I apply for Traveller Specific Accommodation?

It is Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s policy is to provide traveller specific accommodation for the county’s indigenous Travelling Community.  If you wish to apply for Traveller Specific Accommodation, you can contact the Traveller Accommodation unit at 01 2054848 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.

Who do I contact regarding repairs?

Tenants of Grouped housing and Halting site bays may contact the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie.  Tenants are advised to consult their Tenant Handbook prior to contacting the Traveller Accommodation Unit.

What is the purpose of the dlr Traveller Interagency Steering Group?

The dlr Traveller Interagency Steering Group is set up to co-ordinate services by all agencies that provide services to the Traveller Community. It is representative of manages in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdwon County Council, Housing Service Executive, Garda, Department of Education, Department of Social Protection, VEC and County Development Board.

Who do I contact regarding illegal encampment in a public area?

Notify the Traveller Accommodation Unit at 01 2054838 or email travellers@dlrcoco.ie

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council does not have the remit to remove illegal encampments from private property.  Illegal encampments on private property are a matter for the landowner.

Who represents the Travelling Community?

The Traveller Accommodation Unit works in conjunction with the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee representative of County Councillors, Travellers and Traveller Representatives as required under the Housing (Traveller) Accommodation Act 1998. This Committee advise the Council on all matters relating to travellers and in particular their housing needs.

Housing Areas

You may apply to one Local Authority only. If you are applying to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council you can choose up to three housing areas in the Dublin region, at least one of which must be in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Your other two areas may be in Dublin City, South Dublin County or Fingal County. If you opt for an area in any other county, we will forward your information to the housing authorities chosen. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will manage your application.  Changes of areas of choice may be made once in any twelve month period by completing Area Of Choice Form.

How long will it take before I get offered housing?

Unfortunately this cannot be determined.  There is a long list of applicants awaiting social housing support.

Am I eligible for Council Housing?

Criteria for eligibility for Council housing are included in the Council's Allocation Scheme. 

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Need-You must be in genuine need of housing and be unable to provide accommodation from your own resources
  • Right to live in Ireland-You must have a legal right to remain in the State on a long term basis
  • Age-You must be 18 years of age or older
  • Income – your net income must be below the thresholds below:-
  • Single Adult: €35,000
  • 2 Adults No Children: €36,750
  • 1 Adult & 1 Child: €35,875
  • 1 Adult & 2 Children: €36,750
  • 2 Adults & 1 Child: €37,625
  • 2 Adults & 2 Children: €38,500
  • 2 Adults & 3 Children: €39,375
  • 2 Adults & 4 or more Children: €40,250
  • 3 Adults & 4 or more Children: €42,000

Housing Loans & Rents

What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
  • Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem
  • Arrears should be paid immediately
  • If it is not possible to pay the arrears immediately tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01-2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.
  •  If a repayment plan is put in place to pay the rent and arrears over a period of time this agreement must be adhered to.
  • Please note that if arrears persist the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings  to repossess the property.
What do I do if a family member/partner wishes to move into the property?

No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). If anyone is planning to move into a Council property they should contact Housing Allocations on 01-2054828 to obtain a Permission to Reside form. Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person and this additional rent will be back-dated to when the person moved in.

 

 

What do I do if a household member moves out of the property?
  • Please notify the Housing Department immediately if a member of your household moves out
  • Documentary evidence of change of address (e.g. lease agreement, utility bill etc.) must be provided to remove an occupant from the rent account 
How do I check my rent balance?
  •  A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie
  •  Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf
  • A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement.
What do I do if I lose my payment card?
  • Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement card
  • You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued.
  • We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum. The opening hours are 9.30am - 4.30pm
How do I pay my rent?
  • It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details)
  • By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign.
  • By using a standing order through your bank. Standing order letters are available from Housing Rents by contacting 01-2054841
  • By cheque, postal order or bank draft
Do I have to fill in a household information form each year?
  •  Yes, it is a requirement of your tenancy agreement
  • ·It is very important that tenants fill in the household information form correctly each year and supply us with current income details for all members of the household. This enables us to calculate a weekly rent which is accurate based on the income details provided.
  • The Council should be immediately notified if there is a change in income details of any of the members of the household during the year. If there is a delay in doing this back dated debits may be applied to your account.

Click for household information form

 

How is my rent calculated?

Council Housing rents are based on a system called ‘differential rents.’ This means that the amount of rent you pay depends on the amount of your total household income. If your income increases then so does the rent and if your income decreases then the weekly rent decreases accordingly. Rent is calculated based on the current Differential Rent Scheme.

The person in receipt of the highest income is the principal earner. All other persons in the household with an income are subsidiary earners. Rent is calculated as follows:- principal earner’s income less €35 multiplied by 16%. Subsidiary earners income is calculated the same way, but is capped at €18 per earner. A €1 rent deduction is applied to all children and students in the household. An additional service charge may also apply, such as boiler maintenance or heating charge.

Do I have to fill in a household information form each year?
  • Yes, it is a requirement of your tenancy agreement
  • It is very important that tenants fill in the household information form correctly each year and supply us with current income details for all members of the household. This enables us to calculate a weekly rent which is accurate based on the income details provided.
  • The Council should be notified immediately if there is a change in income details of any member of the household during the year. If there is a delay in doing this back dated debits may be applied to your account.

Please see link to “household information form”

How can I pay my rent?
  • It is possible to pay your rent through the Household Budget deduction scheme for those on Social Welfare payments. Deductions may  not exceed  25% of income (contact Housing Rents on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie  for further details)
  • By using a DLR payment card which is accepted in all Post Offices and shops which display the PostPoint sign.
  • By using a standing order through your bank- standing order letters are available from Housing Rents, please contact 01-2054841
  • By cheque, postal order or bank draft

 

What do I do if I lose my payment card?
  • Please contact the Housing Rents section on 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie and we can post out a replacement
  • You can also call in person at the housing counter (County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire), Monday – Friday 10am until 4pm and a replacement card can be issued.
  • We also have an office in Dundrum, Rere Bank of Ireland, Main St, Dundrum, opening hours 9.30am-4.30pm
How do I check the balance on my rent account?
  • A balance can be given over the phone or via email to the tenant of the property only. Please phone 01-2054841 or email rents@dlrcoco.ie
  • Please note that we can only discuss tenancy matters with the named tenant of the property, unless an agreement is in place for a third party to act/speak on the tenant’s behalf
  • A statement is issued to tenants every three months. Tenants can check their receipts/payments against this statement. Copies of rent statements can be issued on request.
What do I do if a household member moves out of the property?
  • Please notify the Housing Department immediately if a member of your household moves out
  • Documentary evidence of change of address needs to be provided to remove an occupant from the rent account. Acceptable forms of evidence would include a lease agreement or a utility bill.
What do I do if a family member wishes to move into the property?
  • No one can move into a property without notifying and receiving permission from the Housing Department (Allocations). Please be aware that the weekly rent may increase with the addition of an extra person. 
What happens if I fall into rent arrears?
  • Tenants who find themselves in arrears should not ignore the problem
  • Arrears should be paid immediately
  • If, it is not possible to pay arrears immediately, tenants should contact the rent arrears section as soon as possible by phoning 01-2054841 or via email rents@dlrcoco.ie to discuss a repayment plan.
  • If a repayment plan is put in place to pay rent and arrears over a period of time, this agreement must be adhered to.
  • Please note that if arrears persist, the Council may be forced to initiate legal proceedings to remove the tenant(s) from the property.
How can I pay my mortgage?
  • Some older accounts that use a payment card can pay in the post office or make a payment in shops using the “Post Point” sign
  • By standing order through the bank
  • Using online banking
  • By cheque made payable to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council
When is my mortgage due?

Your payment should come into your mortgage account on the 1st day of every month.

How can I pay my mortgage in full?

You can write to the Housing Loans Section requesting a redemption quotation.  A written quotation will be posted out to you.

How much is left on my loan?

You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01-2054836.

How much is my monthly payment?

You can ring any member of the Housing Revenue Loans section on 01-2054836.

How can I find out if my monthly payments are up-to-date?

An annual statement is issued every year or you can get a statement showing these details by ringing the Loan Accounts section at 01–2054836.

Can I make a lump sum payment?

Yes, you can make a lump sum payment off your mortgage.  You should send your request in writing together with your payment to the Housing Revenue loans section.

What does Mortgage Protection Insurance cover?

Mortgage Protection Insurance covers the borrower in the case of incapacity upto age 65 and in the case of death up to age 75.  It does not cover redundancy or unemployment.  If you need further information please contact 01–2054836 .

Who can I contact if I am concerned about arrears?

Please contact Amanda Guinan, Housing Loans Section on 01–2054836.

How can I make an appointment to talk to someone about my arrears?

You can talk to our dedicated Arrears Support Officer Amanda Guinan by phone 01–2054836 or email aguinan@dlrcoco.ie  or you can contact any member of the Housing Loans Section.

What is MARP?

The Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP) was introduced to Local Authorities in October 2012 to help borrowers who are In arrears.

Will my case be treated confidentially?

Yes. Every borrower’s case is treated confidentially.

Is there an income limit for the House Purchase Loan scheme?

For all loan applications gross earnings for a single-person application must not exceed €50,000 and for joint applications combined gross earnings must not exceed €75,000.

What is the maximum loan term?

The maximum loan term is 25 years.

What is the loan to value ratio?

Loans will not exceed 97% of the cost of the dwelling or the market value, whichever is less (excluding all grants) and subject to a maximum of €200,000. Mortgage repayments shall not exceed 35% of an applicant's net pay.

Housing Grants

Am I eligible for a Mobility Aid Housing Grant?

The grant is means tested and the level of grant is determined by taking account of the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year.  In order to qualify for a grant under this scheme the gross household income must not exceed €30,000 (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards).

What is the maximum Grant available?

The maximum grant available is €6,000 or 100% of the approved nett cost of proposed works.  The applicant may qualify for a refund of the VAT from the Revenue Commissioners subject to certain conditions once they have paid the contractor in full.

What type of work is covered by the grant?

The only works available under this scheme are re-wiring, re-roofing and the provision of central heating (where none exists).

N.B.  Central Heating – There is no grant available under this scheme for upgrading an existing central heating system.  These grants are available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland at 1850 927000 or www.seai.ie

Am I eligible for a grant?

All applications for grant aid under this scheme are means tested and the level of grant is determined as follows, the annual gross income of the registered property owner together with all household members over 18 (or 23 if in full time education) in the previous tax year up to a maximum income of €60,000, (some applicants may qualify for certain income disregards). 

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