Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil support, yet delay, bill to ban unfit rental advertisements- Senator Fintan Warfield
Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson for Housing, Planning and Local Government Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed the passing of the Property Services (Advertisement of Unfit Lettings) (Amendment) Bill 2019 through second stage in the Seanad.
However Senator Warfield has expressed his disappointed that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil voted to halt the progress of the bill for six months this evening.
Senator Warfield said:
“I am heartened that the Seanad has voted to progress this bill today. There was consensus across the house the practice of advertising substandard properties to rent needs to end and that renters deserve certainty, dignity and respect when engaging with the rental market.
“However, the government’s illogical amendment to freeze the bill for six months was cynical to the extreme.
"Neither Fine Gael nor Fianna Fáil disagreed with the need to address the issue or the general principle of the bill being debated, yet they could not bring themselves to support a Sinn Féin proposal in the absence of their own.
“Despite this, government have given clear commitment to address this issue and I will be doing my best to ensure Minister's English and Murphy make good on this commitment.”