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Government must introduce ban on the online advertising of sub-standard rental accommodation- Eoin Ó Broin TD

31 January, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has called on the government to introduce a ban on the online advertising of substandard rental accommodation that breaches fire safety and minimum standards.

Questioning the Minister for Housing in the Dáil this morning, Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Today I questioned Minister Murphy on what action his government has taken since the RTÉ Investigates programme 'Nightmare to Let' was aired last November and the Sinn Féin motion on rental accommodation standards was passed in the Dáil.

“I asked him if he would be willing to make it a criminal offence for online platforms such as, and social media sites such as Facebook to advertise sub-standard rental accommodation that are in breach of fire safety and minimum standards.

“Making it a criminal offence for letting platforms to advertise such properties is very straight forward.

"For social media such as Facebook Government should insist that advertising substandard properties is a breach of their Community Standards.

"This would place an obligation on the social media site to remove such properties and pages when reported.

“I also called on the Minister to urgently bring forward legislation to strengthen the legal definition of overcrowding and to bring forward the time-frame for upping the number of inspections of private rented properties by local authorities to 25% to 2019.

“Minister Murphy said he was open to introducing a ban on the advertising of substandard properties on the internet and he would bring forward overcrowding legislation shortly.

"However, he was not willing to commit to resourcing Local Authorities to increase their inspections to 25% in 2019 pushing the target date out to 2021 instead.”

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