MLRC has recently assisted a client obtain a housing need for assistance letter from a local authority. This letter enabled our client to apply for Rent Supplement to pay for his private rented accommodation. The local authority issued the need for assistance letter to our client in recognition that although the client is not, in its view, eligible yet to be put on the housing list, he has a housing need.
Our client had separated from his wife and had left the family home. He was unemployed and was renting privately. As he is a homeowner, he could not access social welfare payments in respect of rent supplement nor could he access the local authority’s housing list.
MLRC assisted the client with his application to the local authority to be placed on its housing list. The local authority has not yet accepted him for inclusion on the housing list. The authority will not do so until our client has a legal resolution to the ownership of the family home. MLRC, in its submissions on behalf of our client to the local authority, made clear to the local authority that our client has health problems and other personal issues. MLRC also provided written confirmation that family law proceedings have been initiated. In light of these submissions, the local authority issued a housing need for assistance letter.
With this letter, our client can apply for Rent Supplement and alleviate his immediate uncertain housing situation. The local authority has also stated that it will consider again our client’s application for entry on the housing list once his family law proceedings have concluded.
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