Cost Rental

Respond is proud to offer cost rental housing to the public rental market. This new rental option is supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage.

What is Cost Rental?

Cost rental properties are available to rent at a lower charge than average market rents in the area. Your rent covers the cost of the construction, management, and maintenance of your new home. Cost rental offers you a long-term, secure tenancy that is more affordable. Cost rental is a long-term rental option provided on a not-for-profit basis.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for our cost rental properties, you need to be able to prove the following:

  • Your net household income is below €66,000 per annum in Dublin and €59,000 elsewhere per annum.
  • You are not in receipt of any form of social housing support (Including a HAP payment)
  • You do not own a property in Ireland or elsewhere
  • Your household size is appropriate to the size of the property advertised (all members of the household must be living in Ireland at time of applying).
  • You can afford to pay the rent for the property. See FAQs for information on affordability.
  • Your household has only entered one application for cost rental property per development
  • You are not registered on any social housing list

Please have your supporting documents ready when you register your interest. If your application is successful, you will have 48 hours to upload your documents and complete the application process.

Details of documentation can be found in the supply documentation section below

Applications are now closed please check back at a later date for more cost rental schemes

Applications are now closed please check back at a later date for more cost rental schemes

To be eligible, you need to be able to prove the following;

  • Your net household income is below €66,000 per annum in Dublin and €59,000 per annum elsewhere
  • You are not in receipt of any social housing supports
  • You do not own a property
  • Your household size matches the size of the property advertised
  • You can afford to pay the cost rent for the home
  • Your household has only entered one application for a specific cost rental property
  • Check Cost Rental FAQ’s HERE
  • Proof of ID (Current Valid Signed Passport/Current Valid Passport Card/Current Valid Travel Document/Current Valid EU/EEA Driving Licence– must contain photograph (Irish Provisional accepted)/Current EU National Identity Card)
  • Proof of address (Utility Bill e.g. telephone, mobile, gas, electricity, heating, oil, waste collection (where a utility bill is a first bill, a second form of address verification is required)/Correspondence from a Regulated Financial Institution operating in the Republic of Ireland (Insurance / Assurance Co., Bank, Building Society, Credit Union, Credit Card Company)/Correspondence from a Government Department / Body)
  • Proof of Residency in the Republic Of Ireland. Documents that are eligible as proof of residence are as follows
    • Employment Details Summary (P60)
    • Statement of Payments/Benefits from Dept. of Social Protection
    • Tenancy agreement if you are renting
    • Bank statements for at least 3 months showing day-to-day transactions or Direct Debits for utility bills
    • An employment letter from your current employer, which includes your name, address and date you commenced work
  • Proof of income
    • If employed: Employment Details Summary (P60) and/or last three months payslips
    • End of Year Statement (P21)
  • If self-employed– a minimum of 1 year’s accounts, along with an up-to-date tax balancing statement and preliminary tax receipt.
  • Social Welfare Income – documentary evidence of all social insurance and social assistance payments, allowances and pensions being received by members of the household. As income of household members over 18 is also included in the assessment for qualification, evidence of payments to these household members is also needed.
  • Employer Reference, dated within the previous 6 weeks
  • Landlord Reference, dated within the previous 6 weeks
  • Bank Statements for the previous 6 months

You should apply for the size property that matches your needs. We will seek not to under or over occupy properties. Set out below, are the guidelines we will be adopting:

  • One-bed unit – suitable for a single person, or cohabiting couple.
  • Two-bed unit – suitable for two adults or cohabiting couple/lone parent with 1 or 2 children under the age of 10 years or with 2 children over the age of 10 years of the same sex.
  • Three-bed unit – suitable for three adults, a cohabiting couple/lone parent with 3 or 4 children over the age of 10 of the same sex, a cohabiting couple/lone parent with 2 children over the age of 10 years of the opposite sex, or a cohabiting couple/lone parent with a 3 or 4 children under the age of 10 of the opposite sex.
  • Four-bed unit – suitable for four adults, a cohabiting couple/lone parent with 5 or 6 children over the age of 10 of the same sex, a cohabiting couple/lone parent with 3 children over the age of 10 years, or a cohabiting couple/lone parent with 5 or 6 children under the age of 10 of the opposite sex.

We will not consider an application that will lead to over occupation of a property. Over occupation is where more than two children are occupying one bedroom per household.