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Bedsit ban reversal ‘would be an admission that Government has no idea how to tackle housing crisis’ – Ó Broin

29 June, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD


Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has said that a reversal of the bedsit ban ‘would be an admission that Government has no idea how to tackle the housing crisis’. The Dublin Mid-West TD urged the new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to reject calls by some landlords to lift the ban on ‘cramped and substandard accommodation’. 

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The 2013 ban on bedsits was introduced for a reason. Lifting the ban would not see 5,000 so-called homes returned to the market. It would see people crammed into sub-standard accommodation designed to maximise profits for landlords.

“Minister Murphy should reject calls by some landlords to lift the ban on cramped and substandard accommodation. 

“Lifting the ban would be a backwards step. It would be an admission that current government policy on housing and homelessness has failed and they have no credible ideas how to tackle the crisis. 

“Cramming those at risk of homelessness or those in emergency accommodation, like battery hens, into cramped and unsuitable bedsits is not the answer. 

“The Minister needs to immediately knock this idea on the head. His predecessor Minister Simon Coveney managed to ignore the pleas of the Residential Landlords Association to lift the ban, he should do the same. The return of bedsits would blight any positive steps taken to modernise the private rented sector. The Minister’s time would be better spent engaging with groups like the Peter McVerry Trust that managed to turn a block of abandoned bedsits into modern apartments fit for human habitation.” 

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