The Taoiseach has denied “caving to landlords” amid sharp exchanges in the Dail over the Government’s housing policy.
The Government extended the temporary ban on evictions and rent increases for a further 10 days until August 1.
Under the emergency laws introduced at the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, tenants cannot be forced to leave a property, and rent increases are prohibited for the duration of the crisis.
Social Democrats TD Cian O’Callaghan asked what the plan is for renters as they need certainty in the long term.
A short extension under existing emergency legislation will allow time to bring forward robust new laws that will provide real protection to tenants and property owners, Micheal Martin said.
He said: “There will be an extension but equally there is a need for primary legislation to deal with this because the existing legislative base is not solid. We have to do it
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