Covid- 19 Service Update

In line with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection COVID-19 Guidelines, Cork County Council tenants and HAP/RAS customers can apply to have their rent re-assessed.

All tenants seeking a rent reduction due to loss of earnings or employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic should scan/post confirmation of reduced income from either their employer or the Dept of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to:

  • HAP/RAS tenants can email same to  
  • Cork County Council tenants can email same to
  • Postal address: HAP/RAS - Housing Section, Floor 4, Cork County Council, Carrigrohane Road, Cork, Ireland Eircode : T12 R2N 
  • Cork County Council tenants – Rent Assessment Unit, Cork County Council Offices, Kent St., Clonakilty, Co. Cork. P85 X375

This will allow us to begin re-assessments as quickly as possible.  If there is a time lag in actually changing the rent payment, adjustments will be backdated. We would stress the importance of tenants continuing to pay rent until the re-assessment is complete.


The Housing Options Section provides a number of Housing Services beyond the direct provision of housing by Cork County Council. Such services include the facilitation of housing by Approved Housing Bodies and the private rental sector in addition to leasing through Departmental approved Schemes.  This section also facilitates property purchases to tenants and provides home loans to both tenants and other qualified applicants through the Tenant Incremental Purchase Scheme and the Local Authority Home Loan Scheme.

Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is a form of social housing support provided by Cork County Council. HAP means that local authorities can provide housing assistance for households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term rent supplement recipients.

Under HAP, local authorities will make a monthly payment to a landlord, subject to terms and conditions including rent limits, on a HAP tenant’s behalf. In return, the HAP tenant pays a weekly contribution towards the rent to the local authority. This ‘rent contribution’ is based on the household income. It is calculated in the same way as the rent paid by a tenant of a local authority owned property.


  • HAP is a new form of housing support provided by local authorities for households who qualify for social housing support, including many long-term rent supplement recipients
  • The Council makes the full rental payment to landlords subject to maximum limits per household size and tenants pay a weekly income based rent to the Council
  • HAP recipients are responsible for sourcing their own accommodation in the private rented market
  • HAP recipients can have access to other social housing supports offered by local authorities, such as standard social housing or housing provided by Approved Housing Bodies
  • The aim of the scheme is to provide a more integrated system of housing supports to allow all social housing supports to be accessed through one body the local authority and to allow recipients to take up full-time employment and still keep their housing support

Further information can be found on the Housing Assistance Payment Information Leaflet 


Contact Details: HAP Unit, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork.
Tel: 021-4285079 Email:  or use our online Enquiry Form

Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a social housing support introduced to cater for the accommodation needs of persons who are in receipt of long-term rent supplement.
Persons normally must be in receipt of rent supplement for a minimum period of 18 months and be assessed as having a long-term housing need.
Under the RAS scheme, private rented properties provide an additional source of good quality rental accommodation for eligible persons.


  • The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a nationwide scheme for people who are receiving rent supplement for 18 months or more and who have a long-term housing need
  • Under RAS the Council enters into contractual arrangements with landlords to secure the medium to long-term availability of private rented accommodation
  • The Council pays the agreed monthly rent to the Landlord on behalf of the tenant
  • The tenant pays the Council a weekly income based rent
  • The landlord must meet requirements in relation to tax compliance, registration with the RTB, provide a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate for the property which must meet minimum standards for private rented accommodation as determined by the Council on inspection


Contact Details: RAS Unit, Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork.
Tel: 021 4285347; 021 4285110; 021 4285111 or use our online Enquiry Form.

You must be the tenant of a Local Authority property available for sale, and you and any co-tenant must be in receipt of social housing support for a minimum period of ten years with a minimum reckonable income (income from all sources) of €12,500.


If you earn between €12,500 - €20,000  60% Discount Charged Period 30 years
If you earn between €20,001 - €29,999  50% Discount Charged Period 25 years
If you earn €30,000+  40% Discount Charged Period 20 years


Under the scheme, a tenant of Cork County Council pays the authority a discounted price related to his or her income in order to purchase the house at an agreed market value. On completion of the sale, Cork County Council places an incremental purchase charge on the house equal to the discount granted  (eg. 40%/50%/60%). The incremental purchase charge will wither away to nothing over the charging period in annual incremental releases of 2%, provided that the purchaser complies with the terms and conditions of the transfer order. The incremental releases for the first five years of occupancy will not be applied until that period has expired.


  • You (and any joint tenant) must have been in receipt of social housing support for a minimum of ten years on the date of making the application to purchase
  • You must have a minimum reckonable annual income of €12,500 per annum
  • Your rent must be paid up to date – a house cannot be sold to a tenant, wherein the 3 years prior to applying to purchase, was in arrears of Rent, Rent contributions, Charges, Fees or any other charges owed to a Housing Authority or an Approved Housing Body for an accumulated period of more than 12 weeks in respect of a dwelling or site provided as social housing support. If you have entered into rescheduling arrangements with Cork County Council, this disqualification does not apply – Provided that you are adhering to those arrangements
  • You must not have previously purchased a house under an earlier Tenant Purchase Scheme from a Housing Authority
  • Cork County Council may refuse to sell a house to a tenant if the tenant or any household member is or was engaged in anti-social behaviour or on the ground of good estate management


Contact Details: Tenant Purchase (Incremental Purchase Scheme), Housing Dept, Cork County Council, Floor 4, County Hall, Cork.
Tel: (021) 4285585, Email:  or please use our online Enquiry Form.

The Department is now accepting applications for capital funding for the delivery through either the construction or acquisition of housing accommodation to cater for the priority groups under the Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS) such as homeless persons (including “care leavers” exiting State care on reaching the age of 18), elderly and people with a disability with a particular emphasis, but not exclusively, on moving people with a disability from a congregated setting into community based living.

Cork County Council requests submissions as follows:

New CAS construction and acquisitions proposals specifically for the provision of accommodation to meet the needs of all the target groups under CAS.  All AHBs will need to adhere to circular Capital Assistance Scheme – Call for Proposals which outlines details of the scheme (and relevant circulars) including:


  • Acquisition of units
  • Construction of new units
  • Criteria to be used by LAs in assessing proposals
  • Rents
  • Compliance with Voluntary Regulatory Code
  • Ethical Framework and Disclosure of Interest

Proposals will be accepted on a “rolling basis”.

Click the following links for Capital Assistance Scheme Application Form.

Contact Us: Breeda Murphy, Administrative Officer, Housing Options, Floor 4, County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Eircode: T12R2NC
or use our Online Enquiry Form.