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Seanad to debate bill to ban advertisements of unfit or overcrowded rental lettings – Warfield

8 April, 2019 - by Fintan Warfield

Sinn Féin’s Seanad spokesperson for Housing, Senator Fintan Warfield, will bring legislation forward on Wednesday that seeks to curb the advertising, particularly online, of unfit rental properties that do not meet legal rental standards, including overcrowding or fire safety regulations.

The Bill allows persons to report advertisements of unfit rental properties to the Property Services Regulatory Authority, who can direct the advertisers or letting agents to remove the listing within 7 days.

The Property Services (Advertisement of Unfit Lettings) (Amendment) Bill 2019 will be debated at second stage on Wednesday 10th April.

Senator Warfield said:

“It has become a regular story in media outlets when rental properties posted on the likes of, or in no way meet regulations that ensure rental properties are fit for purpose. These adverts range from shared beds and overcrowded dorm rooms to apartments that are no more than converted hallways or sheds.

“Rental advertising platforms and letting agents have a role to play in ensuring that our rental market is not undermined, that standards are upheld and that renters can interact with the rental market with dignity and respect.

“While there is an ongoing rental crisis, we cannot lose sight that rental standards are legal requirements and are in place to protect tenants. Landlords of unfit lettings should not be given a free run in advertising when they have not provided adequate accommodation for habitation or made the necessary investment to bring their letting up to legal standards.” 

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