Sinn Fein aim to ban co-living units with new bill in Dail tomorrow

by Gary Ibbotson

Sinn Fein TD Eoin Ó Broin says the party will use its private members time in the Dail tomorrow night to move a bill that would ban co-living and ‘build to rent’ developments.

The Ministerial Power (ban co-living and build to rent) Bill 2020 amends the Planning and Development Act 2000 and repeals the build to rent and shared accommodation sections of Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments.

Deputy Ó Broin, spokesperson for housing for Sinn Fein said: “Every week, we hear of another co-living planning application, particularly in our large cities.

“At the latest count, there are almost 4,000 proposed co-living beds planned or in the planning process in Dublin and our other urban centres, which is in stark contrast to the number of planning applications for genuinely affordable homes for working people.

“Despite being a vocal opponent to co-living in opposition, the Fianna Fáil Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien is conducting a review of co-living.

“It was not just the Housing Minister that was adamantly opposed. Micheál Martin, the current Taoiseach, referred to this kind of accommodation as ‘battery cage-type accommodation’.

“He asked whether we were going back to the era of tenements and I could not have agreed with him more.

“Our cities do not need glorified tenements for people. The idea that someone would spend €1,300 a month to live in a shoebox, beggars’ belief.”

Deputy Ó Broin says the “bill we will debate tomorrow seeks to do three things. It will scrap the controversial power for Ministers to make dramatic changes to planning law without a vote of the Oireachtas, ban co-living and ban substandard design of build-to-rent properties for renters.

“I hope the Bill will be supported by all parties and none and that we can finally ban this ridiculous type of accommodation.”

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