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Need for engagement on private rented sector consultation

14 December, 2015 - by Fra McCann

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Fra McCann has called for full participation in the consultation initiated by the Department of Social Department on the private rented sector.

 Mr McCann said, 

 “The consultation on the private rented sector will run until February next year and it is crucial that as many tenants groups, community organisations, housing groups and individuals participate in this process.

 “I have been concerned about the low level of participation in these consultations in the past as the findings help shape future policy.

 “I raised the issue at the Social Development committee of the need to ensure that this process is wider than the usual voices who respond to these consultations.

 “This sector which has saturated many residential neighbourhoods has a poor reputation and we need people to participate in shaping legislation to deliver the type of change which is required for the protection of tenants.

 “Sinn Féin have argued that robust legislation is needed to bring this sector, which is now the largest provider of socially rented accommodation in the North, into line with other housing providers such as the Housing Executive and housing associations and will continue to pursue equality and accountability for all tenants.”

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