We want to pass a new law to protect renters and give you new rights. It's too easy to evict people. Labour has a plan to change this.
Our Renters' Rights bill is in the Dáil this Wednesday and we need your help to put pressure on the government to stop evictions, and give renters more power.
If it's your home you should be allowed to keep a pet or dry clothes on a balcony.
This law would massively reduce the excuses that can be used for evictions which is the main cause of homelessness.
By telling us your story and the problems faced by people renting you can help us convince the government why we need to change the law.
You can also help the campaign by contacting your TD and asking them to support Labour's Renters' RIghts bill next Wednesday.
Labour's Residential Tenancies (Tenants' Rights) Bill 2021 is Ivana Bacik's first bill in the Dáil.
WHAT DOES THIS BILL DO?
This bill would provide for meaningful change for renters, and deal with three key issues that renters are experiencing – security of tenure, rents and deposits. and quality of rental accommodation.
Security of Tenure –
This Bill would restrict the circumstances in which a landlord can terminate a tenancy.
- It removes so-called “no fault” evictions.
- Removes the ground which allows a landlord to terminate a tenancy on the basis that they intend to sell the property within 3 months.
- Provides that a landlord can only evict for renovations where “no reasonable measures can be taken to maintain the dwelling fit for human habitation”.
- Reduces the family members a landlord can terminate a tenancy to benefit – only spouses/civil partners or children.
Rent and Deposits –
- If a landlord seeks to get around the rent pressure zones and raise rent on the basis that there have been substantial alterations/renovations to the property, this can be referred to the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB).
- This Bill would amend the private residential tenancies register to provide full transparency to renters. Landlords would be obliged to ensure that the number/duration of previous tenancies, the date/duration of refurbishment works/renovations and the amount of rent payable under the current tenancy and any previous tenancies are included in the published register. This would allow tenants to see what those before them paid and what works had been undertaken to justify any increases in rent, for example.
- It would end the practice of landlords demanding more than one month’s rent for deposits.
- It would declare the entire State a rent pressure zone.
Quality of Rental Accommodation –
This bill would bring the rules surrounding rental into the 21st century.
- It provides for model tenancy agreements, which would stop landlords prohibiting their tenant from hanging clothes to dry in the garden/on a balcony. It also removes any absolute prohibition on pet ownership.
- It gives tenants the right to opt for an unfurnished home. This practice is used in many other countries and allows tenants to make a place their home, which is particularly important for long term renters and families.
- It requires landlords to file a statement that the dwelling meets minimum housing standards when they’re registering a tenancy. If they don’t do this or file a false statement, then they would be committing an offence. Any landlord who doesn’t register a tenancy or updates information will be committing an offence. This is stronger than what is in the current legislation.