HAP falls short for almost every rental in country

05 July 2019

Publication: Irish Independent
Author: Ian Begley

A total of 92pc of private rental homes around the country on Daft.ie were not eligible for social housing supports.

The latest Simon Communities 'Locked Out of the Market' report found 482 properties available to rent during a three-day study in April were above Rent Supplement/Housing Assistance Payment limits.

The report reveals a serious shortage of accommodation available for Rent Supplement/HAP recipients. Only one suitable property was available for a single person.

Galway city centre, Waterford city centre, Athlone and Sligo town had no rented properties available for any household category on the dates surveyed, while just one property was available in all categories in north Kildare, Limerick city centre and Portlaoise.

Three suitable properties were found in Dublin city, and five in Cork city centre.

The analysis conducted over three consecutive days in April found that only 8pc (43) of rental properties were suitable for renting by HAP recipients.

Wayne Stanley, spokesman for the Simon Communities, said the lack of affordable accommodation is prolonging the current housing crisis.

"It's clear the total lack of an accessible private rental sector and limited social housing has driven this increase," he said

"For a sustainable long-term solution, government commitment and investment in social and affordable housing is urgently needed across all tenure types nationwide."