Information issued for tenants who receive ‘notice to quit’

Roscommon County Council is aware that households in the Roscommon area who may have received a notice to quit, which is also referred to as a notice of termination, from their landlord may be worried or unsure of what to do.

Roscommon County Council would like to advise anyone affected of the services that are available to them in these circumstances.

Where a person or household is eligible for social housing:

We strongly encourage tenants residing in the Roscommon area, who have been issued with a notice of termination, to contact Roscommon County Council as soon as they receive a notice from their landlord. The contact details for Roscommon County Council are provided at the bottom of this page.

When the tenants contact Roscommon County Council, staff in the Housing Department will take note of the termination date and request you to forward a copy of your Notice of Termination to Housing Section postal address below.

The Council advise you to contact Threshold, a service provider for private renters to check the validity of the notice issued by your landlord. Threshold can be contacted directly on Freephone 1800 454 454 or via their website which contains more information and advice on the validity of your notice.

The Council’s first response will be to try to prevent homelessness. This includes assessing the person’s position on the social housing list, providing advice on applying for Choice Based Lettings when advertised on local newspaper on 1st week of each month, advising the person on the level of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) they may be eligible to receive, and, in some cases, assessing if the Council can acquire the dwelling where the tenants reside if it is being offered for sale.

Placement in emergency accommodation will be a last resort, if no other alternative can be identified subject to availability. For households in emergency accommodation, there will be support to assist them to access more permanent social housing supports in the shortest possible timeframe.

The Council will continue to deal with notice of termination queries and cases as expeditiously as possible and progress tenant in-situ acquisitions while taking account of circulars and guidance issued by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Whilst the Council will, in the context of current circumstances, adopt flexibility in dealing with potential acquisitions of properties with tenants in-situ, any acquisition is subject to appropriate due diligence and checks before any commitment is made to acquire, including, for example, determining that a valid notice of termination is in place, the tenant has a social housing need, the condition and valuation of the property and its suitability for household needs.

Where a person or household is not eligible for social housing:

The Council is aware that the Government is examining options to allow tenants who are not eligible for social housing to remain in their homes, including schemes to support the purchase of homes with a “Local Authority Home Loan” or a cost rental in-situ scheme. The Council awaits further details on the proposed cost rental schemes from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

The contact details below, include an email address [email protected] , and should be used by tenants who may have received a notice of termination or a landlord who has issued a notice of termination to their tenants and who may wish to sell their property to the Council.

The key contact details are:

Housing Section, Roscommon County Council, Áras an Chontae, Roscommon

Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm: Tel. (090) 6637100

Email: [email protected]

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