Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)

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 4285810; to contact the RAS section only or use our online Enquiry Form.