Advertising & Housing Assistance Payment

Advertising & Housing Assistance Payment Discrimination

Discrimination on the ‘housing assistance ground’ occurs where there is less favourable treatment of one person compared to another in the provision of accommodation, because one person is in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance or any social welfare payment and the other is not.

Protection from discrimination on the ‘housing assistance’ ground applies to accommodation only and does not
extend to the provision of goods and services, educational establishments or clubs under the Acts.

Report inequality in advertising

If you have come across an advertisement that you believe discriminates on the age ground, you can report it here.

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission can make a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission or contact the advertiser directly in response to discriminatory advertising.

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Make a complaint to the Workplace Relations Commission

The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is the body that hears discrimination complaints under Ireland’s equality laws. The WRC deals with both employment and service/goods related claims. There is no fee to bring a case to the WRC and complaints can be made online.

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Contact us

We, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, have a statutory role to fight discrimination and provide information on equality and human rights in Ireland. Please note however that we are not a court and we do not decide on discrimination claims.

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Contact another organisation

You may find that another organisation could better help you with your issue.

  • Traveller and Roma rights

    Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

  • Legal advice for Travellers

    Traveller Legal Service – FLAC

  • One-parent families

    One Family

  • Immigration

    Immigrant Council Of Ireland

  • Legal aid

    The Legal Aid Board

  • Asylum seekers and refugees

    Irish Refugee Council

  • Legal advice

    Free Legal Advice Centres

  • Anti-racism

    INAR (the Irish Network Against Racism)

  • Personal data protection

    Data Protection Commissioner

  • Migrant and refugee rights


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