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Age Action responds to Fair Deal rental proposal

Published 15/08/2017

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Age Action, Ireland’s leading advocacy organisation for older people, has given a cautious welcome to reports that the Fair Deal scheme could be amended to encourage nursing home residents to rent out their homes.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: “We’re going to have to see the detail of the proposal from Minister Murphy but we would certainly welcome any change to Fair Deal that encouraged nursing home residents to rent out their homes by allowing them to retain the rental income.

“Currently, under Fair Deal, a nursing home resident must hand over 80 per cent of any income and we know this puts many off entering the rental market. A change like this would help them to pay the extra charges imposed by many nursing homes while also helping families struggling to find homes to rent."

Warning

But Age Action also warned that it was essential any change to the Fair Deal scheme needed to be about supporting older people who wished to rent out their homes and that attempts to put them under pressure would be unacceptable.

Justin Moran continued: “It’s important that any change must be an incentive that protects the choice of a nursing home resident to rent out their home.

"We would be worried if nursing home residents, already paying levies on their income, assets and family home, would also be targeted by any vacant property tax as they would simply be unable to afford it.”

Age Action will be writing to Minister Eoghan Murphy to seek clarity on the proposed changes.

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Concerns about Proposed Amendments to the Fair Deal Scheme in Relation to Rental Income

(10 May 2022) Age Action will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on Planning: on the Provision of housing for older people, including Fair Deal on 10 May, where they will advocate for a package of safeguarding measures to be put in place to protect older people living in nursing homes as well as reforms to allow 100% of rental income on the person's primary residence to be disregarded by the HSE under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).