Focus Ireland has called on the Government to reintroduce bans on evictions and rent freezes as new COVID-19 restrictions are imposed.
The charity says the Residential Tenancies and Valuation Act 2020 passed by the Dáil in July “significantly reduced” protections for tenants and was introduced at a time when the virus appeared to be under control.
Chief executive Pat Dennigan said that, while we had so far been successful in preventing outbreaks in emergency homeless accommodation, “a constant high level of alert” is needed to ensure there is no outbreak within homeless services.
“The level of risk will inevitably increase if more people need emergency accommodation as a result of a new wave of evictions from the private rental sector,” he said.
Landlords selling up
Focus Ireland called on housing minister Darragh O’Brien to revisit the legislation and reintroduce protection for families where landlords want to sell
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