Dublin renters need more certainty and security says councillor

by Rose Barrett
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Labour Cllr Declan Meenagh said the government must do more to protect the many vulnerable renters in the private market in Cabra and Phibsborough, and across Dublin.

With affordability non-existent in the rental market, Cllr Meenagh said many renters in Cabra and Phibsborough now face a precarious situation with the expected lifting of the eviction ban.

He said: “Let there be no doubt – an eviction ban will only work if government get serious about meeting and exceeding its building targets. The rental crisis in Cabra, Phibsborough and the rest of Dublin stems from years of overreliance on the private sector which has abjectly failed.”

In response to the January 2023 Homeless Report released on Friday last, February 24, Catherine Kenny, CEO of Dublin Simon Community stated the further increase in the number of homeless people staying in emergency accommodation in Dublin is quite frightening.

“This first set of figures released for 2023 by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is very troubling. With rising rents, an exodus of landlords leaving the market, fewer properties available for purchase, the ending of the eviction ban and the shortage of rental and HAP properties, we are experiencing a confluence of crises in Dublin. 

“It is difficult to contemplate; should the floodgates open, homeless services will be stretched to capacity and beyond looking to assist everyone who needs our help.”

Cllr Meenagh called for a rapid expansion of the Housing for All targets and noted “The extension of the eviction ban was never a silver bullet, it could steady the market for people. It is so disappointing to see government fail to give vulnerable renters in Cabra and Phibsborough certainty for the months ahead. 

“I wholeheartedly agree with Threshold, Dublin Simon, etc when they highlight the uncertainty in the market at the moment. The government should have sent a clear signal to renters and landlords alike that, due to the housing emergency, an eviction ban would be necessary for 2023 until more stock comes on stream.

“All the evidence shows that short-term and targeted measures like the eviction ban can have a meaningful impact when it is coupled with a strategy to increase the actual supply of houses. That’s what is ultimately needed to give renters in Cabra, Phibsborough and across Dublin some relief.”

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