Renters' Rights

A cultural shift is needed to change the serious power imbalance between landlords and tenants. We need to ensure renting becomes a long-term, viable and sustainable option for people in Ireland which is what Labour’s Renters’ Rights Bill seeks to do. 

Renters' Rights

Rents are eating up too much of people’s hard earned pay. Affordable rents are just non-existent in this country. We are calling for a three year rent freeze – and beyond that – so that the market can catch up with the demand.

Right now, the thresholds for evicting a good, hard working and loyal tenant is very low. People are often forced to uproot their whole lives at short notice without any good reason. Our Bill would remove so called ‘no fault’ evictions as well as removing the grounds which allows a landlord to end a tenancy on the basis that they intend to sell the property within three months

We hear stories every day from renters who just don’t feel at home in their rented house despite paying through the teeth for it. Rather than bringing along their favourite couch and light fittings, they have to accept the taste of their landlord. This Bill would give renters the right to opt for an unfurnished home, should they wish to do so, for the same rent. This practice is used in many other countries, and allows renters to make their place their home, which is particularly important for long term renters and families.

Renters in Ireland remain unable to do the most basic things, like drying their clothes on the balcony or owning a pet. Through introducing model tenancy agreements which have been successful in many other jurisdictions, this bill would ensure that renters are able to hang their clothes out to dry in gardens and on balconies.

We need to change the dynamics in the markets. People need to rent homes, not investment opportunities.

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