Your Basic Rights

Your Basic Rights2022-07-21T13:50:44+00:00

If you are ordinarily resident in Ireland, you have:

  • The right to apply to your local authority to be assessed for social housing support.
  • The right to information about you held by public bodies.
  • The right to fair procedures by a local authority when they are assessing you for accommodation and support.
  • The right to appeal a local authority decision concerning you. If you are not satisfied, you can complain to the Ombudsman ( Further details in relation to complaining to the Ombudsman are available here.

If you are in a family home with your spouse but do not own or part-own the property, your family home cannot be mortgaged or sold without your consent.

If you are a homeless child, under the age of 18, you have:

  • The right to adequate shelter.

If you are a local authority tenant, you have the right to:

  • A tenancy agreement which sets out your rights and obligations as a tenant.
  • A hardship clause if you are having difficulties paying rent.
  • Apply to be heard in court if you think a proposed eviction may be unfair.
  • Housing which is fit for people to live in and in good repair. Local authorities are responsible for many maintenance issues. Examples of repairs which are the responsibility of the local authority include structural repairs, electrical faults and flooding.

If you are a member of the Traveller Community, you have the right to:

  • Traveller specific accommodation, such as halting sites. This must be provided by local authorities.

Other rights:

  • The right to apply for an excluding order if you are the victim of anti-social behaviour in or near your home.
  • The right to not be discriminated against in relation to access to housing.
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