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Charity calls for 'rent NCTs'

Ryan Nugent

Published 14/12/2016 | 02:30

Housing charity Threshold say that skyrocketing rents and insecure tenancies are the main causes of the homelessness crisis in Ireland. Stock Image: GETTY
Housing charity Threshold say that skyrocketing rents and insecure tenancies are the main causes of the homelessness crisis in Ireland. Stock Image: GETTY

A housing charity has called for an NCT-style system to be introduced on rental accommodation after the number of calls to their hotline soared last year.

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The number of issues raised with Threshold has jumped 54pc in 2015 when compared with the previous year, which was 21,270.

They say that skyrocketing rents and insecure tenancies are the main causes of the homelessness crisis in Ireland and the calls and queries to their hotline has reflected that.

Speaking at the launch of their annual report, Threshold chief, Aideen Hayden said they speak to hundreds of people everyday who are suffering due to high rent rises.

The highest number of queries to the charity were in relation to tenancy terminations - which accounted for 1,548 calls, followed closely by sub-standard accommodation at 1,429.

Ms Hayden said that a similar system such as the NCT used for motor vehicles should be brought in to ensure a higher standard of rental accommodation - with landlords needing up-to-date certificates for their properties.

"Before a property is rented it should be certified as "fit for purpose" with the relevant certificate displayed in plain view," she said.

Irish Independent

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