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Government must protect tenants from landlords who abuse notices to quit – Ó Broin

9 November, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has called on the government to urgently bring forward legislation to close a loophole in the Residential Tenancies Act that allows landlords to cite “substantial refurbishment” as a reason to issue a notice to quit.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This morning, the housing charity Threshold cited its concerns around some landlords abusing the legislation in order to evict tenants and re-let the property at a higher cost without carrying out any substantial renovations.

“This loophole is being used to circumvent the rent pressure zone legislation and enables landlords to hike up rents to unaffordable levels.

“I note that the Residential Tenancies Board is due to publish guidelines for landlords and tenants in relation to what constitutes substantial refurbishment. The issuing of guidelines alone will not deal with the matter.

“I have written to Minister Eoghan Murphy today asking him to review and amend the legislation in order to protect tenants.  This legislative loophole must be closed to halt the practice of landlords using a back door to evict tenants and increase profits through rent hikes.” 

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