Ministers response on landlord registration ridiculous and unacceptable
Sinn Féin TD Seán Crowe has today slammed the fact only 5000 out of an estimated 150,000 landlords have registered with the Residential Tenancies Board despite the deadline coming in to effect tomorrow, December 1st. The Dublin South West TD described the Ministers suggestion that there had been a positive response from Landlords as "ridiculous".
Deputy Crowe was reacting to a written response from the Minister responsible Noel Ahern. He said, "It is ridiculous to suggest, as the Minister has in his response to me, that the registration of 5000 out of a possible 150,000 landlords is a positive response to new legislation that demands that all landlords are registered.
"It is clear from these figures that landlords aren't taking the Residential Tenancies Board seriously nor their responsibilities to their tenants. This is an unacceptable situation and one which should be challenged by ensuring the Board has the resources and wherewithal to vigorously pursue rogue landlords. We can't have a situation where residents and tenants are denied their rights because of the failure of some landlords to comply with the law.
"I think the Ministers response to me shows not only how out of touch he is on this particular issue but I think it is also indicative of his response to the general housing crisis. He is either willfully unaware of what is going on or he doesn't have a clue." ENDS