Skinner totally agree with your third paragraph, if only we had a goverment with that nerve
YOU ALONE CAN DO IT, BUT YOU CAN'T DO IT ALONE
It's a good example of how FF ran the economy for the benefit of supporters.. not the state.
Massive amounts of dosh being funnelled from the public purse into the pockets of party supporters.
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I applaud the civil service for having an integrated computer system to identify those who are paid rent supplement and aren't registered with the private residencies tenancy board.
hopefully by using the records of the prtb, nppr, rent supplements, the revenue commisioners can establish and pursue people who are under declaring their rental income.
Surely the following should have happened....
1. a person or family gets rent allowance
2. the landlord is named and vetted to make sure the property is habitable, and provides PPSN etc.
3. the Department of Social Protection, or the HSE or whoever provides the RA sends the details of the landlord to the PRTB and Revenue
Joined up Government my ass.
Just now it is being sorted. So during the FF years the Departments were giving money out left right and centre to anyone providing accommodation to RA clients, and there were no inter departmental checks?
I always wondered about the lack of information sharing in relation to a payment that is so easy to track.
The new administration must be after the FF supporting landlords now!!
Lets summarise for the ignorant, of which there seems to be many:
Tenant MUST be on social welfare
Rent MUST be beneath a threshold (well below average market rents in most areas)
If rent is above the threshold, tenant is refused ANY payment - i.e. they get nothing
Cuts in the rent supplement do not oblige landlord to lower rent (a big problem)
tenant always has to pay first 24 euro of rent, regardless of cash payment (i.e. the family with lots of kids getting a good cash payment pay the same as a single person on lowest rate in a bedsit)
if tenant gets a job and leaves welfare they lose the entire payment, regardless of how much they earn
rent is paid 1 month in arrears (1 month behind the norm for collection)
deposits are generally not covered
contrary to popular mythology, standards are often appalling, and RA tenants most likely to live in substandard accomodation (which means basicaly slumlike standards)
Tenants generally have to be on welfare to qualify, long waiting lists
Rent based on income - differential scheme adjust rent if income changes
no supplements paid by state but welfare tenants have low rates roughly matching the 24 euro paid by private tenants
level of rent depends on size of income, family and unit size - unlike private rented which maximises benefit to larger families
if tenant gets a job their rent is adjusted upwards - same if they lose job - cap in place ensures tenants are still paying well below market rate (for example cap in Cork is 400 pm for a 2 bed apartment - less than half going rate for private rents) - this protects low earners
deposits may not be required
standards hugely varied - older stock tends to be poor
The problem is that the rents are still effectively dictated by the landlords, at the expense of both state and tenant. I lived in many places which were mostly RA tenants (I was once the only working tenant in a house of 6 flats), and these places were not only poor standard but relatively expensive because the landlord just started at whatever the most RA would pay and marked up on that.
Lots of RA tenants are being forced to give backhanders to landlords because they would lose their tenancy if they declared the true rent. This is the result of cuts applying to the tenant and not the landlord.
Nobody in their right mind would turn down a council tenancy, not with the kind of huge rents and poor private rented housing standards we have today.
What I found astonishing was my last slumlord refused to pay it and would only fill out the PRTB form if I paid the 75 quid. I had to fork out myself, as Cork City Council requires that as a tenant your tenancy is PRTB registered in order to get a parking permit (sep issue but owner occupiers only have to produce 4 documents to get a permit, tenants must produce 10 documents!) Yet there were 11 other flats in the same house not registered (landlady was a real slumlord, the kind who turned landings and pantrys into dark little flats) and obviously PRTB didn't care too much about that.
7,000 is only a drop in the ocean.