What is Long Term Leasing (LTL)?
Long Term Leasing (LTL) was introduced to cater for the accommodation needs of persons who have a long term housing need as determined by Galway City Council. Properties are leased from the private sector and used to accommodate households from the housing waiting list. Leased properties are allocated to tenants, in accordance with Galway City Council's allocations scheme.
The main features of Long Term Leasing are:
- Galway City Council enters into an Availability Agreement with property owners for periods of typically 4 years
- Rent is guaranteed for the duration of the Availability Agreement.
As a landlord, how do I apply for the Long Term Leasing Scheme?
If you are a landlord and wish to apply to have your property leased under the Long Term Leasing scheme, you must provide the following documents:
- Submit an Expression of Interest Form
- A Tax Clearance Certificate
- If a Fire Safety Certificate applies (usually applies for Apartments and multi-use buildings) you must provide confirmation from a Bonded Chartered Engineer or Surveyor that the property you wish to lease complies with the relevant Fire Safety Certificate, Planning and Building Regulations
- A >Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate
- Proof of payment of NPPR, Household Charge and Local Property Tax
- The property must comply with the Housing (Standard for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and Amended Regulations 2009 and the Relevant Planning & Building Regulations. It is the responsibility of the Landlord to maintain the property in accordance with these regulations at all times. This legislation specifies requirements in relation to a range of matters in rented accommodation such as structural repair, sanitary facilities, heating, ventilation, light and the safety of gas and electrical supply.
Visit www.environ.ie for further information in relation to minimum standards in rented accommodation.
- Once approved, the tenancy must be registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board
How does Long Term Leasing (LTL) operate?
Long Term Leasing involves a three-way relationship between the Landlord, the Tenant and the Local Authority. The form of the contract entered into set out the general responsibilities of all three parties. Landlords interested in the LTL scheme are invited to contact Galway City Council to discuss having their property allocated to people who are on the Social Housing Waiting List - Tel. 091-894370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What types of Long Term Leasing contracts are offered?
Galway City Council offers the following type of contract:
Availability Agreement (typically 4-years)
Where the availability type arrangement is used, owners sign an "Availability Agreement" with Galway City Council. Under the terms of this agreement, the owner agrees to make the property available for a specific period for nominees of the local authority and to maintain the property in accordance with the standards as set out by the relevant legislation i.e. Housing (Standard for Rented Houses) Regulations 2008 and Amended Regulations 2009 and the Relevant Planning & Building Regulations.
The tenant signs a residential tenancy agreement with the landlord. Galway City Council is party to this agreement as guarantor of the rent.
The Residential Tenancies Act, 2004, governs the contract.
What are the responsibilities of a Long Term Leasing Landlord?
The key "landlord and tenant" relationship remains between the landlord and the tenant. As such, the landlord retains responsibility for the following as an example:
- Maintenance / Repair and Replacement of Equipment
- Dealing with breaches of tenant's obligations
- Payment of the management company service charges (if any) and other charges such as the NPPR, Household Charge and Local Property Tax.
What are the benefits of the Long Term Leasing Scheme to a landlord?
- Guaranteed income stream for the term of the Agreement
- Rent is paid directly by the Local Authority eliminating collection costs
- Guaranteed prompt payment of rent
Long Term Leasing is different to the Rental Accommodation Scheme as it is for property owners who want long term guaranteed income.
Is a Deposit paid to the landlord when the tenancy commences?
The tenant does not pay a deposit to the landlord. However, in the event that damage is caused to the property above normal wear and tear, Galway City Council will guarantee the equivalent of up to one months' rent towards the cost of repair/ replacement. This is subject to receipts and photographic evidence of the damage being provided.
How is the long term leasing rent paid to the landlord?
Rent is paid monthly in advance by direct lodgements to your nominated bank account.
What is a Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate?
A Building Energy Rating (BER) Certificate is an indication of the energy performance of a home. The rating is similar to the energy label on your fridge and is denoted on scale of A to G, with A1 being the most energy efficient and G being the least energy efficient. A BER is accompanied by an Advisory Report, which identifies how you might improve the energy performance of your property.
BER assessments are completed by registered BER Assessors who have been trained under the National Framework of Qualifications, passed the The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) BER Assessor exam and have registered with The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
How do I register a Long Term Leasing tenancy with the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board)?
You can register with the PRTB online at www.prtb.ie or contact them on 0818 30 30 37.
If there is a Landlord/ Tenant dispute, whom should I contact?
You should contact the PRTB on 0818 30 30 37