HAP will replace Rent Supplement for those with a long term housing need. Short Term rent supplement will continue to be managed by the Department of Social Protection. Anyone who qualifies for HAP must find their own private rented accommodation. Information booklets for both tenants and landlords can be downloaded here & here. Please find below of a list of frequently asked questions relating to HAP:
If you are eligible as an approved housing applicant, you must find your own private rented accommodation (within specific rent caps). The landlord will be paid directly and the tenant will pay a rent to the local authority based on the differential rent scheme. The rent will be based on your weekly household income and works in the same way as the differential rents charged for local authority houses.