Concern raised for Social Housing tenants, over the Governments new social housing strategy
Anthony Connor has raised concerns for all social housing tenants after it emerged that the Governments new social housing strategy effectively puts all social housing tenants into the rental sector, after the Residential Tenancies Act 2015 passed through Dail without little or no opposition.
Connor stated as of the 7th April 2016 all social housing tenants must now be registered with the RTB (Residential Tenancies Board) which was formally known as the PRTB (Private Residential Tenancies Board). The Governments social housing strategy plan I believe is another significant step towards the privatisation of the delivery of public services in Ireland.
My concern is that for the first time, Social housing tenants will be living without a secure tenure as they must now sign a new lease every 4 years, on top of this every social housing tenant is currently on a 6 month probationary period and they may not be aware of it, regardless of how long they may be living in their home, they are effectively a new tenant starting from afresh and your landlord (Housing Association) may end the tenancy without giving any reason, provided the tenant is given 28 days’ notice.
He added that where a tenant has been in occupation of a dwelling for a continuous period of 6 months (probationary period) in a social housing estate and no notice of termination has been served on the tenant in respect to that tenancy, before the expiry of the 6-month period, the new tenancy is established but only for the next 4 years, this is referred to in the Residential Tenancies Act 2015 as a ‘Part 4’, the current probationary period for social housing tenants is 07th April 2016 to 7th Oct 2016.
While I welcome the protection certain elements of the Act may give to tenants, I am alarmed at the power it gives the social housing associations (agencies) to end a tenure without just cause, the question must be asked, if the reason for this new approach is to protect the tenants why hasn’t it been made available to Local Authority housing tenants who surly deserve the same such protections it is my believe that the decision was made in a bid to slowly edge ever closer to the Governments main goal, the privatisation of Social Housing.
Direct Democracy Ireland plan to visit as many social housing estates as possible, over the coming weeks to make people aware of the current situation and also to make them aware of their rights, in the meantime if there are any tenants effected by the new Legislation they should contact the RTB or they’re Housing Association (Agency) immediately or if they require any support they can contact me directly on 0894383597.
|Clanmil Housing Association||042 932075|
|Cluid Housing Association||01 7072088|
|Foscadh Housing Association||041 9844786|
|North & East Housing Association||01 8200002|
|Oaklee Housing Trust||1890 886226|
|Respond! Housing Association||051 840200|
|Tuath Housing||01 6671602|
|RTB O’Connell Bridge House, D’Olier Street, Dublin||0818 303 037|
Link to the Residential Tenancies Act 2015