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Eoin Ó Broin TD welcomes Housing Committee support for student accommodation Bill

22 November, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the Housing Committee support for the Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018 which went through pre-legislative scrutiny stage this morning.

The Bill seeks to provide some legal clarity on licence agreements for Student Specific Accommodation with respect to the protections provided under the Residential Tenancies Acts

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This morning the Housing Committee heard from a number of stakeholders as the Bill my colleague Kathleen Funchion and I introduced this summer to tackle rising student rents faced pre-legislative scrutiny.

“It was positive that the intention of the Bill still retains widespread support amongst opposition TDs and the USI.

“It was equally encouraging to hear that the Department of Housing, who were presenting to the Committee, has confirmed that it will be bringing forward its own amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act when the Departments Bill reaches committee stage.

“The proposed amendments will cover all students, both public and private, under the rent reviews, the rent pressure zones and will confirm that they will be entitled to access the Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution process.

“If these amendments tackle the issues outlined in our bill Sinn Féin is happy to withdraw it.

“However, until we see the government amendments we will be asking Committee to proceed with our Bill."

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