A provision within the Housing Act of 2013 allows it.
A government body has been established to look into deducting council tenant's rents directly from Social Welfare Payments.
According to the Business Post €38 million is owed in rent arrears in Dublin city, with Galway and Waterford also reporting high levels.
A provision within the Housing Act of 2013 allows for rents to be withdrawn from social welfare payments but these measures are yet to be introduced.
Independent TD for Roscommon Galway Denis Naughten explains the process: