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Rent pressure loophole which discriminates against students must be closed – Denise Mitchell TD

29 May, 2018 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Denise Mitchell TD has said a Sinn Féin bill which aims to end a situation where student-specific accommodation is exempt from rent pressure zones is about equality.

Speaking in the Dáil this evening where Sinn Féin’s ‘Residential Tenancies (Student Rents, Rights and Protections) Bill 2018’ was debated, the Dublin Bay North TD said:

“In the space of just four years, rent in some private student accommodation around Dublin City University has doubled in price. That is totally unfair. It makes an absolute mockery of the rent pressure zones that this loophole exists where students are the only ones who can face rent hikes of such a huge amount.

“This is placing a serious burden on these young people who should be focused on their studies. We also know that many of these rent increases will be shouldered by the parents of these students.

“We need to have one rule for all when it comes to rent pressure zones. Students cannot be discriminated against when it comes to protection for tenants. It makes sense that these students should have access to the Private Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution process and be able to avail of all the protections that other tenants have access too. And that is what this Bill aims to do.”

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