Labour Local Area Representative for Trim, Tracy McElhinney, today welcomed the publication of the Labour Party’s Renters’ Rights Bill which aims to redress the balance of power in the rental market.
She said that while much of the focus in the debate on housing was quite rightly on ensuring that people had access to affordable home ownership, it was important to bear in mind the many thousands who were renting – whether by choice or necessity.
‘We need to guarantee higher standards of rental housing in Meath to ensure that renters have the right to make their house their home. This Bill will be introduced into the Dáil by the Labour Party during private members’ business next week to achieve that aim.
‘Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have been on the side of landlords for too long. They’re happy to leave renters totally exploited by landlords with out of control rents and little to no security of tenure.
‘We totally lag behind other countries on renters rights. Renters are expected to put up with extortionate rents, evictions at the drop of the hat and many can’t make the place feel like a home.
‘As we rebuild society post pandemic, we need to protect vulnerable people in the housing market like renters. Labour’s Renters’ Rights Bill would put the power back into the hands of renters by strengthening their protections.