Frequently Asked Questions
Applying for a Respond! home
Net income is wages received after taxes (PAYE, PRSI, USC), plus any payments from the HSE or Department of Social Welfare (except for Child Benefit and listed disregards) plus any other income e.g. work pension, maintenance payments received from 1 January to 31 December of the preceding year.
Household income is the total income of all persons aged 18 years or over residing in the home, who is not a child of the Tenant or the Joint Tenant or the Spouse of the Tenant or the Partner of the Tenant.
Income from the following sources is disregarded:
Children’s Allowances, Scholarships / Higher Education Grants or payments to students attending an outreach programme, Fuel Allowance, Living Alone Allowance, “Half-Rate” Carer’s Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Foster Care Allowance.
Income from the following sources is calculated as the basic relevant social welfare rate:
Carers Allowance, Community Employment scheme, Back to Work scheme, Jobs-bridge scheme, Internships, TÙS scheme. Where the income details submitted are less than the minimum Social Welfare entitlement for the household, the rent will be assessed on the basis of basic social welfare entitlements.
A minimum rent of €15.00 applies to the first €100 of Household income per week
– Plus –
Rent is calculated at the rate of 20 cent per €1 (20%) on any Household income in excess of €100 per week,
– Less –
A deduction of €1 for each child under the age of 18 living in the household.
The maximum rent charge (including the €15 minimum rent above) is €90 per week
– Plus –
An additional charge of €13 per week for each person aged over 18 years living in the household (subsidiary earner), who has not been included in the household income calculation above. This additional charge will not apply to a person under the age of 23 in full time education. The maximum additional charge for subsidiary earners is €26 (i.e. 2 persons x €13).
Maximum and Minimum Rent
The minimum rent payable is €15 per week. The maximum rent payable in total, in respect of household income and subsidiary earners is €116 per week i.e. €90 (household income rent) + €26 (for maximum of 2 subsidiary earners, i.e. 2 x €13).
In order for us to assess your rent for the relevant year we require details of your household income, this includes details of everyone residing in your property, including their date of birth and PPS number. Evidence from the college or institution must be provided for all persons aged over 18 and under 23 in full time education. If we do not receive this information your rent will be set at €120 in respect of household income only. It is a requirement of your letting conditions to provide this information on an annual basis.
In some Respond! properties (usually apartments) an additional Service Charge will apply. This covers the cost of maintaining the communal areas, grounds, lifts, refuse collection etc. The Service Charge is based on the costs of running the scheme and will therefore vary between different properties. Our Resident Support Worker will be able to advise you of local charges.
Cases of Hardship
In exceptional circumstances where payment of a rent calculated under the terms above would, in the opinion of the Company give rise to hardship, the Company may agree to accept a lesser sum from a tenant for a specified period.
Respond! rents are calculated with reference to the provisions of the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Capital Funding Schemes for the Provision of Rental Accommodation by Approved Housing Bodies (Voluntary & Co-Operative Housing) Memorandum: VHU2/02, May 2002.
- By standing order
- By swipe card (through the Paypoint system available through An Post and other retail outlets. For further information on Paypoint, please visit their website)
- By Household Budget (this is a scheme that helps those getting certain social welfare payments in Ireland to spread the cost of some household bills over the year. Under this scheme, a fixed amount is deducted from your social welfare payment each week. The scheme is operated by An Post and in order to qualify, you must be getting a certain social welfare payment and your payment must be paid through your local post office. The Household Budget Scheme is free of charge. Please ask your Resident Support Worker for further information)
- By direct bank lodgement
What maintenance items am I responsible for as tenant of Respond! Housing Association?
If you click here, there is a list of some of the items you are responsible for as a tenant. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and in some cases exceptions do apply.
- “the manufacture, production, preparation, importation, exportation, sale, supply, possession for the purpose of sale or supply, or distribution of a controlled drug (within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 and 1984)”
- “any behaviour which causes or is likely to cause any significant or persistent danger, injurt, damage, alarm or loss or fear to any person living, working or otherwise lawfully in or in the vicinity of a house provided by a housing authority under the Housing Acts, 1966 to 2002, or Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000, or a housing estate in which the house is situate or a site and, without prejudice to the foregoing includes:
a. Violence, threats, intimidation, coercion, harassment or serious obstruction of any person
b. Behaviour which causes any significant or persistent impairment of a person’s use or enjoyment of his or her home or
c. Damage to or defacement by writing or other marks of any property, including a person’s home