‘Yet Another Renoviction’

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” On the North Circular Road there is a building with 16 families living in apartments. Many young children are living there, looking forward to Santa coming, but before Christmas all those families have been issued with notices to quit.

The landlord is not a small accidental landlord but a businessman with multiple properties.

Yesterday, he told the tenants they were great tenants but said the market dictates the rent.

The ground for eviction is the supposed need for substantial refurbishment.

In reality, the tenants and the landlord know – I presume everyone here knows this and has seen it happen time and again – that this is yet another renoviction, something that deserves a word for itself now because it is so widespread, with the need for refurbishment used as a pretext to kick out tenants and hike up rents.

If these tenants are evicted, they will mostly be evicted into homelessness.”

Paul Murphy TD (top) in the Dáil this afternoon.

7 thoughts on “‘Yet Another Renoviction’

  1. Cian

    “Only four percent of people in society is a Landlord “…. if you include everyone new-borns through pensioners, and if you count renting fields to farmers as well as homes.

    If you look just at tenancies, there were 174,000 landlords (RTB 2017)
    if you exclude children then 5.2% of the adult population are (home) landlords.
    If you restrict it to the population 25-79 (max age range of TDs) it is 6%
    And if you were to group it by household (where one partner is a landlord – the other benefits too) it would go higher (I don’t know how much higher – somewhere between 6% and 12%). We’re a nation of landlords.

    1. George

      The figures you quote suggest we are 95% not a nation of landlords. Paul says 96%. big difference in your views there.

      1. Fact Checker

        TDs do not demographically resemble the population. For example:

        -They generally have a third-level education
        -They nearly all drive
        -Very few of them suffer from a disability
        -They are disproportionately male
        -They were almost all born and raised in Ireland
        -Surprisingly few of them have worked for very long as an employee in the private sector

        I could pick a hundred more dimensions where TDs don’t resemble the population at large.

        Yet every few years these are the 159 of them we select to represent us.

        Can we not just let them get on with it and tackle the issues on their merits?

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