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Children now a disadvantage when applying for private rented accommodation- Cllr Reilly

17 December, 2014

Ballymun Sinn Féin Cllr Noeleen Reilly has expressed shock and disappointment to see ‘No Children’ now a requirement in some private rented advertisements.

She said,

‘I am absolutely shocked to see families with children now being discriminated in private rented housing advertisements.   It is bad enough to see no rent allowance accepted and now to see ‘No children’ is very worrying.  This is a sad indictment of the housing situation where children are now seen as a negative when applying for a home.  Landlords are now at a luxury to pick and choose their tenants as there is such a shortage in private rental accommodation’. 

A house in Poppintree, Ballymun is being advertised as follows on

Property Description:

Perfect home for professional non smoker / couples. Stylish newly build 2 bedroom house. All mod cons and fully furnished to high standard. Generous sized south facing decked garden. Open planned living/kitchen area. Upstairs 2 double bedrooms. Walk in shower. Walking distance to bus route to city centre. Local amenities include Charlestown shopping centre, IKEA and DCU. Less than 1km to m50, no pets, no children.  Viewing is a must. Possibility to sublet 1 room, this might suit a couple/single person.

Cllr Reilly further added’

‘At the end of the day tenants pay deposits on these properties which the landlord can retain if there is any damage.  It is also their duty to ensure the property is being maintained and inspect this on an ongoing basis.  I see no reason whatsoever to ban children from homes and I really hope this is not going to be a growing trend in the private rental market. ‘


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