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Sinn Féin seeks greater protections for tenants in government legislation

7 April, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has submitted several amendments to the government’s much delayed Residential Tenancies Bill that will offer greater protections to tenants.

The amendments will be voted on this Thursday when the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government deals with the Bill.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Sinn Féin has drafted a series of amendments to the government’s Residential Tenancies Bill that will further strengthen tenants’ rights.

“Some of the key changes we are seeking is the removal of the sale of the property as a reason for landlords to evict tenants.

“We are also seeking to remove the clause that allows a landlord to evict tenants if a family member wishes to use the property.

“While critical of the failure of Rent Pressure Zones to protect tenants from rising rents we will be seeking to remove the rent pressure zone exemption for new properties on the market or properties that have not been let in last the two years.

“We look forward to seeing what amendments the Minister will be bringing forward on student accommodation, rent pressure zones and short term letting.

“If the government supports these amendments it will do more for renters than the current proposals alone.

“We will be pushing for our amendments to be adopted during the Committee meeting this Thursday.”


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