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Peter McVerry Trust has welcomed today’s announcement by Government that they are moving to end discrimination by landlords against social welfare recipients. The announcement, made by Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, will see amendments made to equality legislation that will prohibit discrimination by landlords against people in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance payment or other social welfare payments.
The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, Pat Doyle welcomed the move said “We wholeheartedly welcome today’s announcement. This practice has long been highlighted as a form of discrimination by Peter McVerry Trust and others in the sector. The ability for landlords to prohibit people in need of State supports from renting their accommodation has had enormous negative consequences for thousands of individuals, couples and families over the years. In essence we have had a situation where the poor and vulnerable were being excluded from private rental accommodation.
“Anyone looking at renting a property in Dublin today on any property rental site would see that very few rental properties will accept individuals who need rent supplement or housing assistance payment to secure accommodation. This simply shows the enormous challenge that households face when trying to find a home.”
“When this new proposal comes into affect we need rigorous enforcement in order to ensure it works. We hope that property owners who refuse to accept social welfare recipients are held to account for breaching the new legislation. “
Peter McVerry Trust has called on the Government to now bring forward other measures to reform the private rental sector. “The next step that Government needs to take is to address the lack of affordable rental accommodation that exists, to curtail large price increases that are putting people out of rental accommodation and into homelessness. Inaction on rent supplement levels or rent regulation is simply allowing more people to become homeless and preventing those in homeless services from securing private accommodation to exit homelessness.”