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Two cheers for the new Residential Tenancies Bill

Posted on May 01, 2019 by Gavin Elliott

An analysis of the Residential Tenancies Bill 2018

At the end of last year the Government introduced the Residential Tenancies (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2018. As it has passed through the Oireachtas the bill has undergone a number of changes and a number of things have been added that were not in the original Bill. The majority of the changes are positive for tenants, and will increase security for people who are renting, but the Bill represents a missed opportunity to make more substantial changes which would have greatly improved the security …

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Renting forever: feasible or fallacy?

Posted on April 28, 2019 by Lorcan Sirr

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There are many issues with the private rental sector (PRS) in Ireland, including: its use as de facto social housing through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme; a low rate of independent inspections of standards; the lack of a definition of overcrowding in the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulation 2017 at a time when overcrowding in rented accommodation is becoming prevalent; the absence of a deposit protection scheme despite one having been in the legislation since 2015; …

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