Latest: Charity urges Minister to protect tenants as landlords demand two-month deposits –

Update – 10.07am: Housing charity Threshold has called on the housing minister to start the deposit protection scheme.The deposit protection scheme is already provided for in the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015.Threshold CEO Dr Aideen Hayden warned that while common practice dictates that a deposit should be the equivalent of one month’s rent, there is currently no legislation in place to enforce it.She said: “This needs to be addressed to protect tenants. The previous coalition Government in 2011 committed to the introduction of a deposit protection scheme and passed enabling legislation in 2015. However, the relevant section has yet to be activated.”Threshold is deeply committed to the introduction of a deposit protection scheme, in particular as the loss of a deposit can be a cause of homelessness where a tenant does not have the resources to provide a deposit for a new lease.”The Irish Rental Price Report from for

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