Tuesday, March 24, 2020

KILDARE Co Council has introduced a range of measures for people impacted by Covid-19.

The three months grace in rates payments announced by Minister Eoghan Murphy on Friday (20 March) for businesses impacted by the pandemic is among those measures although Kildare Co Council has reminded its clients that “this is a deferral…not a waiver of rates due”.

Affected businesses should e-mail [email protected] outlining their circumstances.

“Once the emergency is over though, the matter of paying or not will depend on the circumstances of the individual customer, and how they managed through the crisis and what national schemes were available to them,” a council spokesperson warned.

With regards to their Housing Asistance Programme (HAP) Kildare Co  Council said it is aware that many tenants may be affected by the recent employment losses and changes to working conditions adversely impacting household incomes.

“Differential rents are calculated on the basis of household income, consequently if your primary income has now reduced so too will your rent,” the spokesperson confirmed.

In order to do this, a Rent Review Form will have to be completed.

The easiest and quickest way is to download and complete the form here http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/housing/HousingRents/ and email to  [email protected]

Tenants can also call the Housing Section on 045 980705  or 980657 and get the Form posted out to you.

However all should be aware that the council suspended its walk-in HAP clinic yesterday (23 March) until further notice, and that anyone requiring other housing services will only be dealt with by prior appointment.

All applicants are also required to submit a letter from your employer confirming your reduced employment status due to COVID-19.

Rent reviews will be completed as soon as possible and revised rents will be backdated to the date your employment ceased.

Please note it is each tenants responsibility to provide accurate information. All information will be validated and verified with the Department of Social Welfare.   

All information on the council’s ‘Differential Rent Scheme’ and its ‘Schedule of Rent Charges’ is available online at http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/housing/HousingRents/

In summary, an estimate of differential rent will be calculated in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

If you are the primary earner in your household and are now eligible for COVID-19 Pandemic  Unemployment Payment, your base rent will be €29 per week.

If you have children under the age of 18 years, deduct the base rent by €1.50 per child.

If there are other incomes in the house (over €100) , add €10 per person with income to base rent.

If you are not the primary earner in the house and have been made redundant, it is unlikely there will be a change in rent as you would already have been calculated as a subsidiary earner for which a €10 charge applied.

Those in receipt of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) who are eligible for this COVID-19 payment will also have their differential rent reviewed as above.   However, if you are also paying a top up you are advised to discuss that payment directly with your landlord.

All correspondence on the issue in the old fashioned way to: Kildare County Council, Housing Department,  Rents Section  , Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.


By finian coughlan
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