Four out of five HAP landlords in Waterford ‘not compliant’
Four-out-of-five Waterford houses inspected by local authority officials as part of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme were found to be not compliant.
Waterford City and County Council officials found just eight of the 37 HAP approved properties they inspected were compliant with the scheme.
Under the HAP scheme, local authorities make monthly payments to a landlord, subject to terms and conditions including rent limits, on the tenant’s behalf. In return, the HAP tenant pays a weekly contribution towards the rent to the local authority.
Figures published in the council’s monthly report reveal just 20% of the HAP scheme rented dwellings inspected in Waterford were up to the standard set out in the conditions of the scheme.
The terms under which landlords can sign up to the scheme include proof of ownership, registration with the Residential Tenancies Board, a tenancy agreement, standard of accommodation and landlords must be tax compliant.