The increase in the income threshold for entitlement to social housing is welcome but at €35,000 (before tax) in Clare, it still excludes many who cannot get a mortgage.
The effect of the moratorium on notices to terminate will be to preclude unintended/one-off landlords from renting out their homes in future. They will leave their properties vacant instead, making a bad situation worse.
I addressed the Dáil this evening on the Residential Tenancies (Deferment of Termination Dates of Certain Tenancies) Bill 2022.
The Derelict Sites Act is under-utilised by local authorities to bring such sites back into use. Only 1,415 derelict sites were on the Register on 1st January, 2022. Key instruments at the State’s disposal are not being used to end the housing crisis.