New proposals designed to strengthen renters’ rights don’t do enough to stop evictions into homelessness, according to housing charity Threshold.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy this week announced new proposals to strengthen rights in the private rental market. These include the extension of rent pressure zones until 2021.
The proposals also include strict requirements about eviction notices. Landlords who do so under the guise of selling the property must now sell within nine months or they will be required to offer it back to the former tenant.
Housing charity, Threshold, raised concerns that this may still result in tenants becoming homeless.
Threshold chairwoman, Dr Aideen Hayden, said:
Among the tenants we assist, the main reason their tenancies are ended is because the landlord says he or she wants to sell the house.
“While we welcome that any stated intention of the landlord to