Housing Policy of Tinteán
Applicants are assessed according to any or all of the following indicators:
- Applicants who are homeless or shelter less.
- Applicants whose names are on the Local Authority Housing Lists, or who have statutory rights to be housed.
- Applicants who because of age, infirmity, ill-health, overcrowding, unfit housing conditions, or other irremediable causes, find their present living circumstances particularly distressing.
- Applicants who are householders, or whose families own the houses in which the applicants are the sole occupiers, may be considered if the applicants or their families cover the local contribution of the cost, provided that the applicant would otherwise qualify under 3 above.
- The need for proper housing will be the over-riding factor in Tintean’s assessment.
- The ability of the applicant to live harmoniously with other tenants will be a factor in assessing the application.
Vacancies are notified to the public through the placement of an advert in the local newspaper, notification on our website and through our social media outlets.
Applicants can download an application form and must apply in writing before the notified closing date.
Applications are then assessed and shortlisted for consideration.
Tinteán will appoint a Housing Sub Committee to interview the shortlisted applicants in their current accommodation.
The Committee will rate the applicants in order of suitability and make recommendations to the Board of Tinteán.
The Board will consider the recommendations and make an offer to the selected applicant. Should the applicant decline the offer, the next applicant on the list will then be offered the tenancy.
In the event of another vacancy arising within six months, the applicants will be notified and offered in order of preference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Applying for a Tinteán home
What are the criteria for applying to Tinteán?
To apply you must be on the housing list of Carlow Local Authorities.
If you are, simply fill in an application form (download it or collect from the Tinteán office) and return it Tinteán. A member of our staff will then contact you.
What age criteria apply?
All applicants must be over aged 18 years or over.
How is my differential rent calculated?
Tinteán tenants are legally obliged to pay rent. The income received through rent payment is used to secure the future repair needs and the ongoing management of dwellings and tenancy management issues.
The rent tenants pay is determined by the housing scheme under which the unit has been made available to the resident and the local authority in which the unit is located. These are termed “differential rent policies”.
For example, where Tinteán owns a property under the Capital Loan Subsidy Scheme, the Tinteán differential rent policy applies. Alternatively, where Tinteán owns a property under the CALF Scheme, the Carlow City Council differential rent policy applies. The following is a brief overview of the various scheme types, alongside the differential rent policy applied in each instance.
There are three rent schemes operating for Tinteán tenants:
Capital Assistance Scheme
Rent Year – 1st January to 31st December.
Tenants occupying accommodation provided under the Capital Assistance Scheme pay a fixed weekly rent. A tenant may qualify for Rent Allowance from the Department of Social Protection.
This scheme is means tested and is administered by the local Community Welfare Officer. Once received tenants can transfer to the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) payable by Carlow
Capital Loan and Subsidy Scheme
Rent Year – 1stJuly to 30thJune of the following year.
Rent is calculated on your gross income in the previous Tax Year. You will be required to provide evidence of this income. If your income decreases you may apply to have your rent assessed based on current income and again you will need to provide documented evidence of this.
The formula for calculating rent under the scheme is as follows:
Weekly gross income up to €102 = €6.35 per week.
Plus 18% of any amount over €102 per week.
Plus a weekly figure to cover the Local Property Tax applying to the house.
Less a deduction of €1.27 per week for each qualified child living in the house.
The formula for other person income:
Up to the first €102 is disregarded.
18% of any amount over €102 per week subject to a maximum of €25.39 per week.
Capital Loan & Subsidy Scheme (CALF): Carlow County Council Differential Rent Scheme:
Your rent for the year 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2014 is calculated based on the net income of the household plus a charge for additional adults (subsidiary earners) residing in the house.
Net income is wages received after taxes (PAYE, PRSI, USC), plus any payments from the HSE or Department of Social Welfare (except for Child Benefit and Family Income Supplement) plus any other income e.g. work pension, maintenance payments received from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013
Household income is the total income of all persons aged 18 years or over residing in the home, who is not a child of the Tenant or the Joint Tenant or the Spouse of the Tenant or the Partner of the Tenant.
Income from the following sources is disregarded: Children’s Allowances, Family Income Supplement, Scholarships / Higher Education Grants or payments to students attending an outreach programme, Fuel Allowance, Living Alone Allowance, “Half-Rate” Carer’s Allowance, Domiciliary Care Allowance, Foster Care Allowance.
Income from the following sources is calculated as the basic relevant social welfare rate: Carers Allowance, Community Employment scheme, Back to Work scheme, Jobs-bridge scheme, Internships, TÙS scheme.
Where the income details submitted are less than the minimum Social Welfare entitlement for the household, the rent will be assessed on the basis of basic social welfare entitlements.
A minimum rent of €15.00 applies to the first €100 of Household income per week.
– Plus –
Rent is calculated at the rate of 20 cent per €1 (20%) on any Household income in excess of €100 per week.
– Less –
A deduction of €1 for each child under the age of 18 living in the household.
The maximum rent charge (including the €15 minimum rent above) is €84 per week.
– Plus –
An additional charge of €13 per week for each person aged over 18 years living in the household (subsidiary earner), who has not been included in the household income calculation above. This additional charge will not apply to a person under the age of 23 in full time education. The maximum additional charge for subsidiary earners is €26 (i.e. 2 persons x €13).
Maximum and Minimum Rent The minimum rent payable is €15 per week. The maximum rent payable in total, in respect of household income and subsidiary earners is €110 per week i.e. €84 (household income rent) + €26 (for maximum of 2 subsidiary earners, i.e. 2 x €13).
Documentation In order for us to assess your rent for the relevant year we require details of your household income, this includes details of everyone residing in your property, including their date of birth and PPS number. Evidence from the college or institution must be provided for all persons aged over 18 and under 23 in full time education.
It is a requirement of your letting conditions to provide this information on an annual basis.
Cases of Hardship In exceptional circumstances where payment of a rent calculated under the terms above would, in the opinion of the Tinteán give rise to hardship, Tinteán may agree to accept a lesser sum from a tenant for a specified period.
Tinteán rents are calculated with reference to the provisions of the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Capital Funding Schemes for the Provision of Rental Accommodation by Approved Housing Bodies (Voluntary & Co-Operative Housing) Memorandum: VHU2/02, May 2002.
By which means can I pay my rent?
There are a variety of different ways in which you can pay your rent including:
- By standing order
- By direct bank lodgement
Can I keep a Tinteán home for as long as I want to?
You can remain in your home for as long as you wish, provided you don’t breach any of the Letting Agreements agreed to when you initially received your new home.
What happens to my home if I die?
This depends on your initial application and will be assessed on an individual basis by Tinteán. However, if you applied for your home as part of a couple, then your home will transfer to your partner. It should be noted that each case is assessed individually.
I now have a partner and he/she wishes to move in. What do I need to do in order to declare this person as obliged by my letting conditions?
You will need to declare your partner as being a tenant. Please speak with our Office staff.
If I want to make changes in my home, e.g. put in an electric shower, what process should I follow?
Any or all changes to your home must be agreed in writing with Tinteán.
What maintenance items am I responsible for as tenant of Tinteán?
Please consult our Tenant Handbook. You can download the book in the Resident Support section.