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The homeless and housing charity, Peter McVerry Trust, has welcomed the new measures approved by Cabinet today in relation to rental reform but urged the Government to move immediately on the necessary legislation or risk creating a spike in homelessness. The charity has warned that unscrupulous landlords are moving quickly to hike up rents in advance of the new legislation and jeopardising the tenancies of vulnerable tenants.
Speaking following the formal approval by Cabinet of the new measures Pat Doyle CEO of Peter McVerry Trust said “Peter McVerry Trust welcomes the proposed measures particularly those that will, we hope, improve the situation for existing tenants in the private rental sector. We would urge the Government to move to bring legislation before the Oireachtas within days to ensure that these measures take effect immediately.”
“The last thing that anyone wants to see is legislation that is intended to protect tenancies and tenants accidentally leading to a spike in homelessness as landlords move to hike up rents. Any even small increase in rent will only push more people out of their accommodation by making it even less affordable.”
Mr Doyle continued by welcoming the tax incentive scheme for landlords, something which the charity had supported in advance of the budget. “Peter McVerry Trust hopes that the tax incentives for landlords will see more landlords making their properties available to rent supplement and HAP scheme recipients. If this happens we should be able to get more people out of homeless services and into longer term accommodation.”
Concluding Mr Doyle also welcomed moves to clamp down on landlords who used the premise of selling properties to break tenancies evicting tenants with the aim of raising the rents for new tenants.