Some student accommodation providers could attempt to bypass new protections for renters, the Oireachtas Education Committee has heard.
The practice of forcing student renters to pay all of their rent upfront is due to end from September as part of a new Government bill which seeks to strengthen protections for all renters.
Under the new bill, which was announced by Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris and Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien last month, any upfront payment upon the start of a tenancy will be restricted to the value of no more than two months’ rent.
However, Sinn Féin TD Rose Conway-Walsh told the committee today that private student accommodation providers may be able to ask students to pay upfront for more than one month’s rent because the relevant section of the legislation does not come into effect for one month after it was passed by the Dáil.
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