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'The homelesshousing crisis facing thousands of people is not just about being on the streets, it is having no alternative but to move miles away from work – if they can find a place to rent that is'
'The homelesshousing crisis facing thousands of people is not just about being on the streets, it is having no alternative but to move miles away from work – if they can find a place to rent that is'

After an article I wrote on the 'housing crisis' I received a letter from a tenant living in an apartment for six years. She was distraught. Her rent was fully paid up, but she had been given a month to vacate the property by the solicitors for the bank (AIB). Letters were sent to the 'occupiers' of the building. Another 'buy to let' was being repossessed, with no concern for the legitimate tenants.

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The housing crisis facing thousands of people is not just about being on the streets, it is having no alternative but to move miles away from work - if they can find a place to rent that is.

According to the latest Daft report, released this week, only 4,340 properties were listed for rent at the start of May - the smallest number since they started compiling figures almost a decade ago.

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