Housing Groups Express Concern Over Move to Deal with Tenancy Hearings on Paper – Dublin Inquirer

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In the Dáil on 7 May, Rise TD Paul Murphy objected to changes at the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) which he says will disadvantage tenants, particularly those with less confidence or lower levels of education.

In light of social distancing, the RTB is expected to switch from holding adjudication hearings at which landlords and tenants can both be present, to assessing their cases as submitted on paper.

“The RTB is saying… [that] it will not hold physical hearings,” said Murphy.

Murphy in the Dáil, and tenants’ advocates in the city, have raised concerns about the impact that this might have on people’s rights to a fair hearing.

In particular, that it’ll undermine those if parties can’t cross-examine each other, or if tenants have literacy and language issues which make it tough to set out their arguments on paper.

In the Dáil, Minister for Housing

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