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Tenancies board cannot cope with cuts- Stanley

16 April, 2013 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has today demanded the government provide increased staff for the Private Residential Tenancies Board to deal with the extra 20,000 tenants from voluntary housing bodies.
Speaking during a presentation from the PRTB at the Dáil Environment Committee, Stanley said: “The Private Rented Tenancies Board will have to deal with the additional 20,000 tenants from voluntary housing. These are due to come under the remit of the board this year.
“Staff numbers have been reduced by over 50%. There was 70 staff employed in the PRTB during a period when there were fewer tenants, that is set to be reduced to 33. Staff numbers are being greatly reduced yet the sector continues to expand.
“According to Threshold, the private rented sector has grown by 50% in the last five years. One in five households lives in private rented accommodation, yet the government is cutting resources to the PRTB. This flies in the face of reality.
“Tenants will face lengthy waiting lists to have concerns addressed. The average waiting time is ten or eleven months. This is set to increase with the growing number of rented properties and the serious reduction in staff. Issues of anti -social behaviour and repairs will not be tackled. This is unacceptable.
“The government must provide the PRTB with adequate powers and staff to regulate the private rented sector. The board must be able to provide tenants and landlords with a speedy and effective dispute resolution mechanism. ”

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