The Union of Students (USI) in Ireland has called on the Oireachtas to pass a Bill being tabled on Thursday that would force landlords to return prepaid rents to students who cannot live in the accommodation due to public health restrictions.
The Residential Tenancies (Student Rents and Other Protections) (Covid-19) Bill 2021 would also enable students to terminate contracts on accommodation they no longer need because of Covid-19.
Furthermore, it would provide students with access to redress for rent they are having trouble getting repaid.
Other main points of the Bill include banning landlords from withholding deposits, while there would be no penalties for early termination of leases and other rental contracts for Covid-related reasons, and no evictions of students during the pandemic.
Sinn Féin will table the Bill, which will be signed by 56 Opposition TDs, including all TDs from Sinn Féin, the Labour Party, the Social Democrats, Solidarity
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