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Rental Subsidy Scheme

Under this scheme Voluntary Housing bodies provide housing for families who must be approved applicants on the Local Authority housing list and whose household income meets certain criteria. Rent is related to household income and circumstances. The Local Authority advances a loan to the Voluntary Body for the building of the houses. This loan is partly repaid from rents paid by tenants (less an agreed maintenance charge) and the balance of the repayment is subsidised by the Department of the Environment and Local Government. Tenants are responsible for the management of their estates.