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Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)

Let us take the hassle out of letting your Property


Make the most of your property investment and let with RAS.  We can guarantee your rent with no advertising costs and no need for any rent collection on your part.  We even screen your tenants as part of our service. It really is the smarter way to let.

For details on how to let your properties the hassle-free way, please call: RAS unit at 094-9251495

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Mayo County Council is operating a scheme called the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). The Scheme is for people who are receiving rent supplement, usually for more than 18 months, and who need long term-housing.


Under this new Scheme, Mayo County Council will negotiate a "Tenancy by Tenancy" Agreement with the landlord/property owner/estate or letting agent under which the Council will guarantee a monthly payment of the rent amount on behalf of the tenant directly to the Landlord for the period of the contract. The terms of this contract will be negotiated between the Council and the Landlord and generally will be of sufficient duration in order to meet the long term housing needs of the tenant. The rent paid by the local authority will be the full, agreed rent for the property. The Landlord will not have to collect rent for the duration of the agreement. The Council will collect the tenant's rent contribution and will pay the full rent to the Landlord. Landlord will have a bankable asset that a guaranteed RAS rent payment represents and guaranteed prompt payment by a State agency. The payment will be made promptly on a monthly basis, in advance of the due date.


The key 'landlord and tenant' relationship will remain between the property owner and the former rent supplement recipient. The Council will act as broker or agent on behalf of the tenant.


Landlords retain responsibility for insurances, routine maintenance and repair, and dealing with anti-social behaviour.


From the perspective of the tenant, the Scheme will provide additional, good quality rented accommodation for people receiving rent supplement and it will help local authorities to provide long-term housing for people who need it. The RAS will give tenants of private rented accommodation long-term housing security while also giving them access to a range of housing supports.


The potential benefits of this new scheme are significant in term of greater effectiveness in meeting housing needs, better value for money, promotion of social inclusion and avoiding gaps or overlaps in meeting needs.


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RAS Unit

Mayo County Council
College House
Station Road
Phone: Patsy Mc Nulty, Gerri Joyce, Bernie Groarke, Julie Ryan, Dympna Maloney & Linda Broderick @ 094-9251495
Open: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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