Cian O'Callaghan TD

Some renters losing out on rebate because landlords are not registered with Residential Tenancies Board

The Government needs to do more to raise awareness of the €500 annual rent credit introduced in Budget 2023, according to Social Democrats Housing spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan.

“It has been reported that only a fraction of those who are eligible for the credit – worth €500 per year to an individual or €1,000 per couple – have claimed it so far. It is estimated that up to 400,000 people are entitled to claim the refund, but just over 78,000 have applied to date.

“Significantly, a survey by revealed widespread lack of public awareness about renters’ entitlement to the credit, which can be applied for retrospectively for 2022.

“With exorbitant rents putting households under severe financial pressure, it is important that as many people as possible avail of this budgetary measure. Given the low uptake so far, it is clear that the Government needs to run an awareness campaign to encourage more renters to apply to Revenue for the refund.

“Separately, some tenants are excluded from applying for the credit because their landlords are not registered with the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). This is completely unacceptable and highlights the requirement for proper enforcement to ensure that landlords are fully compliant with the rules.”

January 24, 2023

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