Stronger measures needed for renters

Alan Kelly TD
20 March 2020

Labour Party Health spokesperson, Alan Kelly TD, has called for the Government to put in place stronger measures to protect renters during COVID-19.

Deputy Kelly said:

“While I welcome the fact that the Government has finally come around to the fact that a rent freeze and a ban on evictions are completely necessary.

“However, we now need to ensure that the State intervenes to ensure that renters are not left with a massive debt burden if they cannot pay their rent over the next three months because of loss of income related to COVID-19.

“Renters are not in a similar position to people paying mortgages who can push off their debts for a short period of time. This is not an option. If renters cannot pay, there debt will become real in three months so the State must find a way to step in. Otherwise in three months there will potentially be mass evictions.

“This is a very stressful and anxiety-inducing time for many at this time, especially if you find yourself in the precarious position of being temporarily laid off but still have a massive rent bill to pay. The State needs to bridge this gap in a meaningful way.

“We need to see emergency measures in place to ensure those who are renting feel secure as possible in their homes over the coming weeks and months.”

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