This week I presented the Residential Tenancies Bill to the Dáil. It’s a bill I feel passionate about and believe will help fix the private rental sector but most importantly help those experiencing rent difficulties today and into the future. You can read my speech below.
We all know that we are in the middle of a serious homelessness crisis. All of our efforts, as a Government and as an Oireachtas, are being directed towards solutions that will help bring this crisis to an end. Fundamentally, supply must be – and is being – increased, thanks to the policies that this Government is spearheading through Rebuilding Ireland.
As supply increases we also have to ensure that we are protecting people who are currently struggling with housing affordability and security issues. This places a particular focus on the need to continue to reform our rental sector. The rental sector in Ireland still needs to develop and mature in order to provide a viable, sustainable and attractive alternative to home ownership, rather than serving as a temporary refuge or a staging post on the route to home ownership.