Thursday 8 December 2016

Compromise urgently needed to protect tenants

Published 22/10/2015 | 02:30

Minister Alan Kelly is calling for rent certainty for tenants and wants to link increases to inflation for four years, but inflation has shown little or no growth in the past 12 months
Minister Alan Kelly is calling for rent certainty for tenants and wants to link increases to inflation for four years, but inflation has shown little or no growth in the past 12 months

My elderly male friend was visibly agitated. He kept dropping objects, couldn't finish sentences and crumbled up his slice of cake without eating it.

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I found him in a state of some distress when I visited him recently in his snug little home - a privately-rented flat where he has lived alone for almost three years. He was well settled in there and happy, after moving to be close to family who could help with caring for him. However, the previous day he had received three months' notice to leave from his landlord.

The reason advanced was that the apartment is needed for a relative. Maybe so. Or possibly the owner believes the place could command a higher rent, and it's cleaner to start afresh in a rising market where tenants far outnumber the properties on offer.

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