Theshold calls for measures to resolve housing crisis

Damian Moran

Reporter:

Damian Moran

Threshold, the national housing charity, has called on the Government to introduce a number of measures to resolve the current housing crisis.

The organisation presented last week to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government as part of the pre legislative scrutiny on the forthcoming Housing (Miscellaneous Provision) Bill 2016.

Addressing the Committee, Aideen Hayden, Chairperson of Threshold, said, “Everything possible must be done to prevent families becoming homeless and to rehouse those who are currently experiencing homelessness. In Threshold, we speak to households on a daily basis who are paying a severe price for the current housing shortage principally due to rapidly rising rents, being forced to accept unsuitable housing and living in constant fear of losing their homes.

“We are calling for a full review of the private rented sector and for the Government to create a national strategy that is adequately funded and has clear targets to address issues like long-term rent certainty, increasing affordable supply, improving the quality of rented housing and dealing with the difficulties in the buy-to-let sector. It is vital that tenants are protected during the buying and selling of property and that they can remain in their homes during and after this process.

“New legal safeguards need to be put in place to ensure that tenants in buy-to-let properties are not at risk of losing their homes,” she concluded