I am in arrears
If you are behind with your rent, it is important that you get advice immediately. Failure to pay your rent could mean that you lose your home if you do not act straight away. Paying your rent should always be your first priority.
Local Authority Housing
call FREEPHONE 1800 679 555 or 01 22222211
If you are Dublin City Council tenant and find you are in arrears with your rent you should contact your local Housing Officer immediately who will discuss the situation with you in detail and arrange a payment plan that will assist you in clearing them within a reasonable period of time and that would not adversely affect your financial circumstances. This will entail paying an amount in addition to your normal weekly rent.
Private Rented Accommodation
call FREEPHONE 1800 454 454
If you are having problems paying your rent, you should get advice as soon as possible. You should contact your landlord to let them know of your difficulties and see if you can make any arrangements.
Residential Tenancies Board call 01 7028100 or 0818 30 30 37
If you are renting privately and are in dispute with your landlord the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) offer a landlord tenant dispute resolution service. The tenancy does not need to be registered to access this service. The mediation process is supportive and non-confrontational. A mediator assists the parties to explore each other’s respective positions and reach a resolution of the dispute to which both are agreed.
Help paying your rent
Contact your local Social Welfare, to make sure you are getting all the financial help you are entitled to, you could be entitled to the Housing Assistance Payment.
MABS - Money Advice and Budgeting Service
The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is a free, confidential, independent and non-judgmental service for people in debt, or in danger of getting into debt, in Ireland. Telephone 0761 07 2000.
Keeping your Home
This website if provided by the Citizens Information Board and the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS). It provides information on the services and entitlements available if you are having difficulties paying your rent or making mortgage repayments.
Household Budget Scheme call FREEPHONE 1800 707 172
If you are in receipt of a Social Welfare payment you can apply for The Household Budget Scheme. This scheme can help those getting Social Welfare payments to spread the cost of some household bills over the year. Under the scheme a fixed amount is deducted from your Social Welfare payment each week. The maximum amount that can be deducted is 25% of your total weekly Social Welfare payment. The scheme is operated by An Post and your payment must be paid through your local Post Office. The Household Budget Scheme is free of charge. Full details of the scheme are available from An Post.