Deputy Kathleen Funchion
Speaking today (Thursday) after the Housing Committee meeting where Sinn Féin’s Residential Tenancies Bill went through pre-legislative scrutiny, Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson and Housing Bill’s co- sponsor, Kathleen Funchion said she welcomed the Housing Committee’s unanimous support.
The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said: "Along with my colleague Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin, we presented to the Housing Committee our Bill which seeks to provide some legal clarity on licence agreements for Student Specific Accommodation with respect to the protections provided under the Residential Tenancies Acts.
"We introduced the Bill previously this summer with the intention to tackle rising student rents faced pre-legislative scrutiny.
"It is hugely positive that the Bill still retains widespread support amongst opposition TDs and the USI.
“It was equally encouraging to hear that the Department of Housing, who were presenting to the Committee, confirm that it will be bringing forward its own amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act when the Departments Bill reaches committee stage.
“The proposed amendments will cover all students, both public and private, under the rent reviews, the rent pressure zones and will confirm that they will be entitled to access the Residential Tenancies Board dispute resolution process.
“Until we see the government amendments we will be asking Committee to proceed with our Bill. However, if the Department’s amendments tackle the issues outlined in our bill we will be happy to withdraw it on the basis that our concerns have been addressed.”