Date Released: 02 December 2016
SIPTU is hosting a public meeting on the Secure Rent Campaign to debate the worsening crisis in the rental sector in the Connolly Hall, Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, at 7.00 p.m. on Monday, 5th December.
At the meeting those personally affected by the crisis in the rental sector will tell their stories and debate how to press forward with the Secure Rent Campaign. The meeting is being held just days before the Government is due to publish its new rental strategy on Monday, 12th December.
SIPTU Equality and Campaigns Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin, said: “There are currently 750,000 people living in the rental sector. Long-term and lifetime renting is now a permanent feature of the Irish housing system and the rules and regulations need to reflect this.
“Tenants must have rights as well as responsibilities and should not have to live with an ongoing fear that they may be put out on the street at any given time. Tenants need rent certainty, they need security of tenure and long-term/life-time leases.”
She added: “Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Simon Coveney, must listen to the people directly affected by this crisis in the rental sector on this matter. He must put their interests to the fore and move away from the current approach of housing policy which places an over reliance on the private sector. That the current system has been an abject failure is clear from the thousands of people who are homeless and in housing distress.”
The Secure Rent Campaign is calling for secure rents and tenancies. The campaign is a partnership between the trade unions SIPTU, CWU, IMPACT, Mandate, Unite and the campaigning organisation Uplift.