The Government has announced that landlords will no longer be able to discriminate against tenants who receive welfare payments. This will cover those in receipt of housing assistance payment, rent supplement, or the person’s income coming in whole or in part from social welfare payments.
The action has taken immediate effect with property website Daft.ie removing the Rent Allowance Filter search function from its website.
This comes after an announcement from Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, that the practice of advertising for tenants not in receipt of rent supplement would be prohibited. This will see amendments made to the Employment Equality (Amendment)(No.2) Bill in the form of a Private Members’ Bill. This piece of equality legislation is currently before the Seanad. See the full story on the link below.