Dublin’s rental crisis.
Private tenants get their hashtag on.
Sive Bresnihan writes:
Sky-high rents, chronic mould and regular evictions. These are just some of the problems tenants are sharing via social media as part of the #rentripoff campaign.
The campaign was launched by the Dublin Tenants Association, a support and advocacy group for tenants in the private rented sector.
The DTA have launched the campaign to get public support behind their submission to the government’s Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness. The submission calls for the immediate introduction of measures to regulate rent increases and to provide security of tenure for tenants.
Using the #rentripoff tenants have already shared stories of 75% rent increases, repeated evictions and dreadful conditions.
The DTA are calling for rent certainty measures to link rent increases to the Consumer Price Index, echoing similar proposals from Threshold and housing experts like DIT’s Dr. Lorcan Sirr. The DTA are also calling for a number of measures to strengthen security of tenure:
End the ‘grace period’ whereby landlords can end a tenancy at any time during the first 6 months without any reason;
End the right or landlords to end a tenancy because they require the property for family use
End the right of landlords to end a tenancy due to sale of property.