Your rights as a housing association tenant

Introduction

If you are a tenant of a housing association or other voluntary housing organisation, your tenancy is now covered by the residential tenancies legislation. Housing associations, co-operatives and similar organisations, known as approved housing bodies (AHBs) were brought under the scope of this legislation on 7 April 2016. Two major effects of this change are:

As noted above, since 7 April 2016 housing associations and other approved housing bodies come under the scope of the residential tenancies legislation. On this date the relevant sections of the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015, which amended the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, came into effect.

While there are several types of approved housing body, the term housing associations is often used when referring to all types. Read more about these bodies.

Tenants of housing associations now have the same rights and obligations as tenants in private rented housing, with some exceptions, which are:

  • The minimum standards for food preparation, storage and laundry purposes do not apply to housing associations, so they do not have to provide their tenants with white goods, such as washing machines
  • Rent reviews will be carried out in accordance with the tenancy agreement (if there is one) or else no more than once a year. There is no specific notice period in the legislation, but it does state that notice must be given as soon as is practicable.
  • You may not assign or sublet the housing association tenancy
  • While most housing association tenants will get security of tenure – known as Part 4 rights – after 6 months or more into the tenancy, this does not apply if you are living in transitional accommodation and the tenancy is for 18 months or less
  • While the housing association can validly end your tenancy providing all the legal requirements are met, it cannot terminate a Part 4 tenancy for the reason that it requires the dwelling for its own or family member occupation

Read more in our document on tenants’ rights and obligations and in the RTB’s guide Being a good tenant. The RTB also has information for tenants on its website.

Further information

You can find out more in our document on Landlords’ rights and obligations and in the RTB’s guide Being a good landlord.

If you are a joint tenant and your relationship with your joint tenant has ended and they have left, you can read information about housing and relationship breakdown here.

To find out what you or the housing association can do about anti-social behaviour, you can read about anti-social behaviour and housing here.

To find out about passing on a tenancy if someone dies, contact the housing association to establish its policy.

To find out who is responsible for different types of repair and the minimum physical standards you are entitled to, you can read about repairs, maintenance and minimum physical standards here.

If you or a member of your family has a physical or intellectual disability or mental health difficulties, and your home requires alteration in order to make it suitable, you may be entitled to a Housing Adaptation Grant for a Person with a Disability.

Where to apply

For any queries about your rights and obligations, you can contact your housing association or one of the representative bodies – the Irish Council for Social Housing or Co-operative Housing Ireland (formerly NABCo).

You can also contact Threshold, the national housing charity, for information and advice.

Irish Council for Social Housing

50 Merrion Square East
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel:(01) 661 8334
Fax:(01) 661 0320
Homepage: http://www.icsh.ie
Email: info@icsh.ie


Co-operative Housing Ireland

Co-operative House
33 Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel: (01) 661 2877 or (01) 661 0324
Fax: (01) 661 4462
Homepage: http://www.nabco.ie/
Email: admin@nabco.ie

Threshold

21 Stoneybatter
Dublin 7
Ireland

Opening Hours:Mon-Fri 9.30 am - 5 pm
Tel:1800 454 454
Fax:(01) 677 2407
Homepage: http://www.threshold.ie
Email: advice@threshold.ie

Residential Tenancies Board

PO Box 47
Clonakilty
Co. Cork
Ireland

Opening Hours: 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
Tel: 0818 303 037 or 00353 766 887 350
Fax: 0818 303 039
Homepage: http://www.rtb.ie/
Homepage: https://onestopshop.rtb.ie/

Page edited: 3 June 2016