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Labour Party TD Seán Sherlock has Said that the Greater Security of Tenure and Rent Certainty Bill will give renters greater security in their homes.

“ Barnardos, Simon Communities, Focus Ireland and the Society of St.Vincent de Paul presented evidence of thousands more “hidden homeless”, who are forced to live in overcrowded spaces in the homes of others as well as parents or indeed their other relatives,” Said Deputy Sherlock.

“Most people who are being made homeless end up that way because their rents have been hiked or they have been put out of their private rented accommodation because their landlords have said that it is needed for a family member, that the place has to be done up or that it is being sold. The main purpose of this Bill is to address that issue. It is a really urgent and serious situation and this is something that we can do in the shorter term. I’m glad to have spoken with my colleague Jan O’Sullivan TD on a number of occasions about this Bill.”

“Renters throughout Cobh need certainty and This Bill is once again trying to convince the Government of the merits of linking rent to inflation through the Consumer Price Index. This Bill also stipulates that a deposit will not exceed one month’s rent. We hear many stories of people asking for two to three month’s rent as a deposit. This puts an unreasonable amount of pressure on people who need to find a home.”

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