Sunday 23 April 2017

Government will vote down anti-eviction bill

The legislation would also prevent landlords from removing tenants when they want to sell a house and also introduce longer notice terms for new rentals. Photo: PA
The legislation would also prevent landlords from removing tenants when they want to sell a house and also introduce longer notice terms for new rentals. Photo: PA
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Legislation aimed at preventing landlords from replacing tenants with family members will be voted down by the Government.

Fianna Fáil decided not to support the Anti-Austerity Alliance's Anti-Eviction Bill, meaning the legislation will not have the support of enough TDs to pass through the Dáil. Fine Gael is also opposed to the legislation.

The bill is aimed at giving tenants security of tenure and removing the so-called 'family member rule', which allows landlords to replace renters with relatives.

The legislation would also prevent landlords from removing tenants when they want to sell a house and also introduce longer notice terms for new rentals. The bill would reclassify receivers and vulture funds as landlords to make them accountable under the proposed legislation.

Fianna Fáil discussed the bill at its weekly meeting of frontbench spokespersons but decided against supporting the legislation.

Irish Independent

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