Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS)

Housing Business

From: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) placed responsibility on local authorities to meet the accommodation needs of people in receipt of Rent Supplement for 18 months or longer, and who are assessed as having a long-term housing need. The RAS meets long-term housing need through the use of private rented accommodation.RAS is a form of social housing support provided by all local authorities

Under the RAS scheme, the Departments recoups to local authorities the cost of RAS contracts with private landlords and AHBs, administration costs and deposits on newly acquired accommodation. Data contained within this overall Scheme dataset relates to the entire scheme and is held by each local authority according to their individual jurisdictional areas and includes details on eligible social housing tenants, private sector landlords, approved housing bodies tenancy unit addresses and rents collected from tenants and paid to landlords/AHBs. RAS Section holds summary scheme information only (see column F)


The Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS) is a form of social housing support provided by all 31 local authorities. Each local authority manages their own datasets on behalf of the Department.RAS Section holds summary scheme information only consisting of tenancy contract type (Private/AHB) their corresponding tenancy unit addresses and accommodation type, numbers of landlords, totals of exits and new cases and details of rent paid. No details of individual tenants or landlords is collected as per GDPR guidelines (The data collected is limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed). Additional summary information on recoupment claims for rents paid by the local authorities is also collected

Additional Info

Field Value
Primary Identifier Internal ID
Personal Data No
Sensitive Personal Data No
Business Data Yes
Spatial Data No
Data Sharing No
API Available No
Open Data No
Update frequency Monthly