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The 2013 Rent Scheme
Housing provided by Dublin City Council is allocated according to housing need and a weekly rent is charged in accordance with a rent scheme. Rents are based on a system called 'differential rents'. The Differential Rent Scheme is designed so that the weekly rent charged on a property will be a fair one relative to the household income. It ensures that the rent charged is based on your ability to pay, so if your income is low, your rent will be low and if your income increases, so will your rent. The incomes of all members of the household are included in the rent calculation and there are deductions for any dependent children. The process involved in calculating the rent to be charged is known as the Rent Assessment. The current Dublin City Council scheme came into effect on 4th March 2013.
Those on a fixed rent are not affected by this scheme. Under the scheme however you can move from paying a fixed rent to paying a differential rent if preferred.
How are Rents calculated?
The rent is calculated based on what is referred to as the weekly assessable income of the Principal and Subsidiary Earners. See below for details of how the rent payable figure is arrived at.
What is considered to be Assessable Income?
The assessable income of either a Principal or Subsidiary Earner will generally be that person’s normal weekly wage and/or social welfare payment/s less any deductions (where applicable) for income tax, P.R.S.I. and U.S.C. (Universal Social Charge) payments.
Who is considered to be the Principal Earner?
The Principal Earner is the household member who has the highest assessable income. A couple can also be considered as the Principal Earner if there is only one income between them.
Who is considered a Subsidiary Earner?
A Subsidiary Earner is any other household member who also has an assessable income. A couple can also be considered as a Subsidiary Earner if there is only one income between them.
What types of income are considered assessable income?
Income derived from the following sources is considered assessable income:
- Employment (including Self-Employment)
- All regular income and payments in the nature of pay, including shift allowance, travel allowance, bonus, commission and overtime will be included in assessable income.
- Social Insurance/Social Assistance payments and allowances
- HSE allowances
- FÁS Training allowances
- Payments made under the Community Employment Programme/Back To Work Scheme
- Pensions or other sources
What types of income are not considered assessable income?
Income derived from the following sources is not considered assessable income:
- Child Benefit
- Allowance paid for fostering children
- Allowance for home care of children with disabilities
- Orphan’s Allowance
- Fuel Allowance
- Allowances/assistance received from charitable organisations
What if I am self-employed?
If you are self-employed after 7th March 2012 you will be assessed based on the following assumed net weekly income:
- Trades People - €560.00
- Non-Trade/Other Business - €500.00
- Taxi Drivers/Licence Plate owners - €500.00
- Hackney Drivers/'Cosy' Drivers - €500.00
How is the weekly rent charge arrived at?
The rent is calculated having regard to the weekly assessable income firstly of the Principal Earner and then the Subsidiary Earners. When the rent payable by the Principal Earner has been calculated additions will be made to this amount in respect of a rent contribution from the Subsidiary Earners. The amount to be paid is calculated as follows:
- Where the Principal Earner is a single person it is 15% of the weekly assessable income over €32.00
- Where the Principal Earner is regarded as a couple it is 15% of the weekly assessable income over €64.00. If a spouse/partner however has a weekly income over €32.00 the couple allowance does not apply.
- Where the Subsidiary Earner is a single person it is 15% of the weekly assessable income over €32.00. The maximum contribution is €19.00 per week.
- Where the Subsidiary Earner is regarded as a couple it is 15% of the weekly assessable income over €64.00. The maximum contribution is €19.00 per week.
- The maximum combined rent contribution payable from the weekly assessable incomes of the Subsidiary Earners in an individual household is €76.00
Are there any other charges payable?
- A waste management charge of €2.00 per week will apply in all flat/apartment complexes where there is a universal bin.
- Heating charges may apply to specific types of property
- A charge of €1.90 per week will apply for the Concierge service in the refurbished flats in Ballymun
What allowances are made for dependent children?
A dependent child is classified as a person who is 18 years or under. Where a person is attending a full time course of education it is under 22 years. In the case of a person who is 22-24 years and attending a full time course of education a submission must be made in this regard for them to also be considered as such. An amount of €1.00 per week for each dependent child is deducted from the rent payable.
What is the minimum rent payable on a dwelling?
The minimum rent payable will be equivalent to the rent being based on the basic Social Welfare rate of payment.
What is the maximum rent payable on a dwelling?
The maximum rent payable is based on the size of the dwelling as follows:
Bedsit (1 room) - €257.00
1 Bedroom (2 rooms) - €301.00
2 Bedroom (3 rooms) - €313.00
3 Bedroom (4 rooms) - €401.00
Greater than 3 Bedroom/4 rooms - €423.00
What can I do if I consider the Rent Assessed is too high?
You should contact the appropriate Rent Assessment Section immediately outlining the reasons as to why you believe your assessment is incorrect. You will be required to produce documentation in support of your claim.
What if there are changes in the household income or circumstances?
You should notify the appropriate Rent Assessment Section immediately of any such change. Changes in the employment status of household members or in the number of occupants (including newborn babies) will affect the amount of rent payable. Annual Budgetary changes to rates of Social Welfare payments need not be notified as these are routinely updated.
For more information
For further information on Rent Assessment please contact:
Rents & Tenant Purchase Section
Block 1 Floor 1
Telephone (Freephone) 1800 679 555 or 222 2211
Area Offices Telephone Contact
Ballymun 222 5620
Ballyfermot 620 7109
Finglas 222 5420