Protection for Tenants during coronavirus


Last reviewed: Jul 6

The following is an overview of Tenant Protections during COVID-19. Further information is available at Citizens Information.

The government has brought in measures to protect tenants during the COVID-19 emergency period.

These include a ban on tenant evictions, notices of termination or rent increases.

Tenants are still expected to pay rent during this period.

Any arrears built up will be payable, however landlords have been asked to be patient and understanding with tenants who are facing financial difficulties due to job loss or illness.

Cancer patients who are facing financial difficulties and are concerned about their ability to pay their rent, should speak to their landlord as soon as possible to discuss temporary solutions.

You may also qualify for Rent Supplement if you have experienced a substantial change in circumstances due to unemployment or illness and can no longer afford to pay your rent.


I am struggling to pay my rent. What are my options?

While tenants are expected to pay rent during the COVID-19 pandemic, if you are struggling to pay your rent, you should engage with your landlord as soon as possible to discuss temporary arrangements.

Rent Supplement is a short-term, means-tested payment for people living in private rented accommodation who have had a significant change in circumstances (e.g. illness or job loss) and can no longer afford to pay their rent.

To learn more and to apply for Rent Supplement, go here

If you have cannot work due to self-isolation or diagnosis of COVID-19, you can apply for Illness Benefit

If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, you can apply for the Pandemic Unemployment Benefit

How much is the Rent Supplement?

The amount of Rent Supplement is you receive depends on various factors, including your income, savings, how many people in your household and how much rent you pay.

Anyone receiving rent supplement is also expected contribute towards the cost of their rent. A single person is required to pay at least €30 per week, with a couple paying a minimum of €40 per week.

What is the Housing Assistance Programme (HAP)?

HAP is a form of social housing support provided by local authorities. If you qualify for HAP, your local authority will make a monthly payment to your landlord on your behalf. In return, the tenant pays a weekly contribution towards their rent to the local authority. The rent contribution is based on your household income.

To be eligible for HAP, you must first apply for and be approved for social housing support by your local authority. You can find more information and contact details for your local authority at

Contact the Cancer Nurseline

The Irish Cancer Society continues to be available to provide support and information on this matter or any other queries related to cancer through its Freephone Nurseline on 1800 200 700, or through any of its 13 hospital-based Daffodil Centres around the country. 

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