Housing crisis forcing private rented tenants to live in appalling conditions –Cllr Reilly
Dublin City Sinn Féin councillor Noeleen Reilly has said the fear of becoming homeless is forcing many tenants into living in sub standard housing conditions.
‘The private rented sector receives huge amounts of public funding for rents through rent allowance and the rental accommodation scheme, it must therefore be held accountable to ensure the quality of the housing provided. The current regulations are clearly ineffective and need to be reviewed to include effective regulation to protect the rights of tenants and to make landlords responsible for their dwellings.
I was recently contacted by a young mother who is forced to live in extremely poor conditions as the landlord is refusing to carry out repairs and maintenance. She is afraid if she complains too much, she will be thrown out and her and her young children have nowhere else to go. There is severe mould all over the property, leaving her and her family isolated to one room. She even has to keep their clothes in the living room as when left in the bedrooms they become covered in mould.
Unfortunately this is not an isolated case and is becoming more common as the demand for housing has gone through the roof. It is not acceptable for anyone to be living in these conditions and regulations must be reviewed to make sure tenant’s rights are protected.’