Rent payments to landlords
When the application is approved, the local authority will start making HAP payments on the last Wednesday of each month directly into your bank account subject to the scheme’s conditions. This covers the period of occupation of the property by the HAP tenant for that calendar month.
The earliest date from which a local authority will make HAP payments to you is the date they receive a complete and valid HAP application form from the applicant and you as landlord. If an applicant moves into a property before this date, they will be liable for any rent due. You are advised to return a completed Section B of the HAP application form to the local authority as soon as possible after agreeing a tenancy.
All local authorities use the services of the HAP Shared Services Centre, which is based in Limerick, to make HAP rental payments to landlords. The HAP Shared Services Centre also collects all rent contributions from HAP tenants. For this reason, HAP payments will be made to your account in the name of “HAP Shared Services Centre” or “Limerick City and County Council”.
Similar to the Rent Supplement scheme, there are limits regarding the maximum payment for different households in different areas.
Where the monthly rent agreed with your HAP tenant exceeds the maximum rent limit payable by the local authority on their behalf, your HAP tenant must pay the difference directly to you.
You do not have a contract with the local authority. The local authority makes payments on behalf of the HAP tenant.
HAP payments will stop when either you or your tenant end the tenancy for any of the normal reasons provided for by the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 (as amended).
Local authorities can also suspend or stop payments for other reasons. However, these are in very limited circumstances and the risk of them occurring is low.
For more information, see the HAP Landlord Information Booklet or contact your local authority here.