Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Fra McCann MLA has welcomed the extension of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme to the North of Ireland.
Mr. McCann said,
Sinn Féin have been to the fore in the last mandate ensuring that these issues were included in the housing bill we were demanding change to the private rented sector through protection of tenants deposits and mandatory registration which will also be with us soon
“It is important that the rights of tenants are protected and while the majority of landlords are responsible there are those who abuse their position and penalise their tenants without due cause.
“The private rented sector has moved to being a small cog in the provision of housing to the social rented sector to being the largest provider regulation is essential to protect people who chose this sector to live
“The independent panel set up under this scheme will give tenants confidence that their deposit will be returned providing they meet the terms of their agreement.
“Given the draconian charges being brought forward by the British Tory Government in terms of the bedroom tax many more people especially young people will be forced into private accommodation so the extension of this legislation to the North has to be welcomed.
“I also welcome the fact that rents will be paid directly to landlords here, this is an issue the Sinn Féin fought to change in the recent Welfare Reform Bill.”