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The Bill aims to stop the advertisement of overcrowded and substandard properties Photo: Independent.ie

The Bill aims to stop the advertisement of overcrowded and substandard properties Photo: Independent.ie

The Bill aims to stop the advertisement of overcrowded and substandard properties Photo: Independent.ie

A bill has been launched to help tackle the advertisement of substandard properties on websites.

Sinn Féin today introduced the Property Services (Advertisement of Unfit Lettings) (Amendment) Bill 2019.

It aims to stop poor quality accommodation - including overcrowded properties - from being advertised online.

Senator Fintan Warfield said the Bill will enable people to report unfit rental properties being promoted to the Property Services Regulatory Authority, which can then order letting agents and online platforms to remove them advertisements.

Independent.ie has previously laid bare the horrific conditions tenants are being forced to live in - including houses that accommodated between 40 and 70 people.

“It has become a constant story in traditional and social media outlets when rental properties, posted on certain websites, in no way meet regulations already in place that ensure rental properties are fit for purpose," Senator Warfield said.

"These rental advertisements range from overcrowded dorm rooms, to apartments that are no more than converted hallways or sheds.

"Despite media attention, advertisers are aware that such lettings may still be rented due to people’s desperation and the extent of the housing crisis."

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