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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 so does the rent, and if your income decreases  the weekly rent decreases accordingly. Rent is calculated based on the current Differential Rent Scheme.

Click here to download a copy of the current rent scheme

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.

Please click here to download the latest "household information form"

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.

Below please find a list of commonly asked questions regarding housing rents.

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  • We operate a differential rent scheme, which means the more a household earns the more rent is charged. Conversely, the less a household earns the less is charged.
  • 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 under 23 in the household. An additional service charge may also apply, such as boiler maintenance or a heating charge.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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”

  • 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 

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.

  • 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.
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