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18 Aug 2022

'This is very good news' - Private rental tenants in Carlow to get greater security and protection

'This is very good news' - Private rental tenants in Carlow to get greater security and protection

'This is very good news' - Private rental tenants to get greater security and protection

The Green Party has welcomed new measures passed in the Oireachtas last week which will give private rental tenants in Carlow and across Ireland greater security and protection.

The amendments to the Regulation of Providers of Building Works and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2022 will mean that:

  • No tenancy in Ireland will have a termination notice period of less than 90 days.
  • Tenancies of less than 3 years will have the minimum notice period increased by 60 days to 180 days.
  • Eviction notices will be null and void unless the landlord informs the Residential Tenancies Board at the same time as the tenant.
  • Further contact between tenant and landlord facilitated to make re-letting easier.

The Party spokesperson for Housing, Deputy Francis Noel Duffy said;

"This is very good news for tenants in the volatile and uncertain private rental sector.

"My colleague Deputy Steven Matthews and I submitted amendments to this effect to the Minister for Housing last year and we are delighted that they will now become law.

"The whole idea here is to give tenants more time and to give landlords pause for thought.

"Previously, a tenant for less than 6 months could be evicted on 28 days' notice through no fault of their own. This gave families and individuals less than one month to source alternative accommodation. As we all know, this proved impossible for many in the current rental supply crunch.

"In this scenario, people were being driven into emergency accommodation who otherwise would have been able to find a new place to live if they had enough time and notice. There is a world of difference between 3 months and 28 days when in a real crisis.

"We also presented the Minister and Department with the idea that the RTB be informed simultaneously to the tenant. This is in order to keep landlords honest in terms of their dealings with tenants and ensure everything is legally correct and above board.

"It is also intended as a measure to enable the RTB and state authorities to intervene earlier to help people avoid homeless accommodation.

"Today´s measures will go a long way to protecting tenants and we thank the Minister for listening to us, to tenants´ advocates and to tenants at risk".

Chair of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage Deputy Steven Matthews said;

"Today´s measures are proof to anyone in politics that good ideas will always have their day.

"Deputy Duffy and myself are convinced that tenants needed more time when they were issued with eviction notices to sort out their accommodation situation. Equally, we know that some landlords were evicting tenants unlawfully.

"It is our hope that the new rights will be a foundation stone for a whole new system of early intervention to prevent homelessness.

"We envisage a situation where, armed with the new knowledge and data at the RTB´s disposal, that local authorities and homeless organisations can become aware of tenants who need additional help and provide that to them.

"Our guide here is the incredibly successful Integrated Homeless Service in Parnell Street in Waterford city where local authorities have joined forces with the HSE and NGOs such as the Simon Communities and Focus in order to help people avoid homelessness.

"They have reported that through their efforts they can help 50% and more of their service users to avoid eviction in the first instance.

"I and Deputy Duffy will continue to work closely with Minister O´Brien and his officials to ensure we can continue to put in place a system of solid protections for Ireland´s tenants".

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