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Cian O'Callaghan TD

Housing Minister must immediately reinstate no-fault eviction ban

Lack of basic protections for renters is contributing to record levels of homelessness, according to Social Democrats deputy leader Cian O’Callaghan.

Deputy O’Callaghan, who is the party’s housing spokesperson, said:

“The latest figures show there are now 12,847 people living in homeless emergency accommodation. This is the highest number in the history of the State as it surpasses the grim record set last month.

“Tragically, 3,829 of these are children, representing a 44 per cent rise since this Government took charge.

“The majority of people entering homelessness are coming from the private rented sector where renters live in constant fear of eviction.

“The temporary ban on no-fault evictions was working. It resulted in the first fall in homelessness in over a year until the Government made their disastrous decision to scrap the ban.

“Without this basic level of protection, renters are once again exposed to the ever-present danger of eviction. We simply cannot accept the appalling numbers of people becoming homeless.

“I am again calling on the Minister for Housing to immediately reinstate the ban on no-fault evictions in order to protect people from the trauma of becoming homeless.”

August 25, 2023

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