Boden Discount Code

boden codesBoden –  are running some discount codes this month:

19th Feb to 23rd Feb – 20% off Full Price

24th & 25th Feb – 15% off Full Price

26th Feb – 10% off Full Price
Use Code: 6T2C for all offers above

 

Delivery to Ireland is £6.
Boden is a UK based online clothes store selling beautifully made things for the whole family.
Boden sell clothes for Women, Men , Babies, Young Children and Teens .

Visit the Boden Website here

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ASOS Discount Codes

ASOS Discount Code :  

Get £10 off when spending £75 with code LEGIT10
£20 off when spending £125 withcode LEGIT20
£30 off when spending £150 with code LEGIT30
Expiry Feb 23rd 8am

 

Visit the ASOS Website Here

“ASOS” might mean nothing to many of our readers  – but it is one of the biggest online fashion retailers in the world. ASOS originally stood for “As seen on Screen” – because  they sold clothes that let people look like their favourite celebrities.
These days ASOS is just a really good place to buy clothes for both men and women online – and with Free delivery to Ireland.

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Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners

Financial assistance of up to €8000 Euro is available via local authorities under a scheme called “Housing Aid for Older People” .

The Grants for Home Repairs for Pensioners are for people aged 66 years or older, who are living in poor housing conditions. (In cases of genuine hardship a local authority may also assist people under age 66.) You should apply for the scheme as early in the year as possible as many local authorities run out of funding as early as May although some councils keep a small emergency fund for extreme cases.

The grant can only be paid to owner occupiers or to people who are buying their house from the local authority under the Tenant Purchase Scheme.
In 2016 the average grant payment under this scheme was €3658
In 2016 a total of €7.4 million was paid out for 2023 properties.
Cork County Council paid ou the most in 2016 – €963,000 . Louth County Council didn’t  pay out any grants under this scheme in 2016.

All the various local authorities have different guidelines regarding the type of work they will award grants for.   You should check with your own local authority to see which types of work they will cover.  In general ,  only essential repairs that make a property habitable will be covered under the scheme.   This would typically include things such as :

Roof repairs or re-roofing
The provision of water, sanitary services and central heating
Re-wiring
The replacement of  windows or doors will be considered  on a case by case basis and only those considered essential will be replaced under the scheme. (Some councils seem to exclude door and window replacement from their grant schemes – but it may be worth applying and appealing if you get refused)

It is a means tested grant.  The maximum grant of 95% of the cost of works (Maximum of  €8000)  can be given to households where the total annual household income is less than €30,000.  (That is €576 a week)
So a single person or a couple on just a full state pension would easily qualify under income rules
The grant  is also  prioritised on medical needs.  People for whom alterations or adaptations would facilitate their discharge from hospital or the continuance of care in their own home will get the highest priority .
The local authorites have a fixed budget to spend and they decide who gets it. There is an appeal process.

Households with income under €30,000  can get 100% of the cost ( Max €8000)
Households with income from €30,000 – €35,000  can get 85% of the cost ( Max €6,800)
Households with income from €35,001 – €40,000  can get 75% of costs (Max €6,000)
Households with income from €40,001 – €50,000 can get 50% of the cost (Max €4,000)
Households with income from €50,001 – €60,000 can get 30% of the cost (Max  €2,400)
Households with income over €60,000 a year do not qualify.

Contact your Local Authority to get a claim form and to find out more details.

 

Rent Increase Restrictions in Rent Pressure Zones

The government introduced the concept of Rent Pressure Zones at the end of 2016 –  (24th Dec) covering Dublin and Cork City. These zones were then expanded on January 27th 2017. See below for full list of areas covered.

Rent Increase restrictions in Rent Pressure Zones.

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If your rented property is located in a Rent Pressure Zone – then the  rent cannot be increased by more than 4% a year. This restriction on rent increases will remain in place for a maximum period of three years  and will apply both when rents are set at the start of a tenancy and when rents are reviewed during an ongoing tenancy.

In general, your landlord has the right to review the rent once every 2 years.  (See more details about timespan between rent increases here)   But in Rent Pressure Zones , under the new Rent Predictability Measure, annual rent increases will be allowed in future ( capped at 4% per year.)
This is the full list of areas covered by the Rent Pressure Zones as at Jan 27th 2017

Dublin:

  • Dublin City Council
  • South Dublin County Council
  • Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown
  • Fingal co Council
Co Kildare
  •  Naas
  •  Sallins
  •  Celbridge
  •  Leixlip
  • Newbridge
  • Rathangan

Co Meath

  • Laytown
  • Julianstown
  • Duleek
  • Bettystown
  • Ashbourne
  • Ratoath
  • Dunboyne
  • Dunshaughlin

Co Wicklow

  •  Bray
  •  Enniskerry
  •  Wicklow

Co Galway

  • Galway City Central
  • Galway City East
  • Galway City West

County  Cork

  • Cork City
  • Ballincollig
  • Carrigaline
  • Douglas
  • Passage West

Some examples of allowable rent increases in Rent Pressure Zones here