You must apply within 6 weeks of being asked to do so (if necessary an extra 6 weeks can be allowed).You may then be transferred to HAP or to another form of social housing support.
If you are eligible for and in need of housing support you may be able to access housing under the HAP scheme or local authority housing.
If you are currently getting long-term Rent Supplement (18 months or more) you can be asked to apply for social housing support to your local authority.
However, if you do not claim Rent Supplement for more than 13 weeks you will be assessed using the current income disregards.
(See 'Further information' below for more information on how income was assessed for Rent Supplement before 5 June 2007.) Maintenance is assessed as (see above) and maintenance payments up to €95.23 per week are assessed in full.
If you do qualify for Rent Supplement you may get a different rate of Supplement.
If you were getting Rent Supplement before 5 June 2007, you can continue to have your income assessed using the old income disregards, unless the current income disregards ensure a more favourable assessment.
TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR wore a ‘shamrock poppy’ lapel pin in the Dáil yesterday to mark Remembrance Day.
The pin was designed by the Royal British Legion and is intended to promote awareness of the legitimacy of the Remembrance Poppy within an Irish context.
(In the case of couples, if one of a couple is in full-time employment, both are excluded from claiming Rent Supplement.) Claims from self-employed people are assessed on the individual circumstances of the case and you may be asked to show that you are working less than 30 hours a week.
If you are working over 30 hours a week in employment or self-employment, or if you are getting the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, you must be deemed eligible for the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) by your local authority to continue to get Rent Supplement.
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