Discrimination when letting residential property
The Equal Status Acts 2000–2015 apply to lettings and accommodation. Landlords cannot discriminate against potential tenants on grounds of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race or membership of the Traveller community.
Since 1st January 2016, you cannot be discriminated against when renting because you are getting one of certain payments, which include HAP, so landlords can no longer state when advertising accommodation that HAP is not accepted. If you feel you have been discriminated against by a landlord or their agent, you can make a complaint under the Equal Status Acts. Please note that existing housing applicants must have their files reviewed by HAP Elegibility to ensure that they still qualify for social housing before they can be considered for the HAP scheme. A list of the documentation required in order for a file to be reviewed can be found under Related Documents on this page.
Please find below of a list of frequently asked questions relating to HAP: