Thursday, 7 April 2016

Costello Calls for details in relation to tenant licences on Rapid build homes to be released by Dublin city Council and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive

Costello Calls for details in relation to tenant licences on Rapid build homes to be released by Dublin city Council and the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive

Dublin City Council are to allocate new houses built as part of the Rapid build housing project under a licence agreement later this month to families living in hotel accommodation.

Fianna Fáil Councillor David Costello said:

“Since the Special Policy Committee on housing last month I have been calling for the release of details on the tenant licences scheme being offered to families. It was suggested that families would be allocated these houses on temporary basis. Even though we now know that these are long term homes with a life of 60+ years . These are fine houses that any family would be delighted to live in.”

“We have 790 families living in hotels and we urgently need to get families housed in these new homes. That said, I believe that families moving out of hotels need security of tenure, a permanent home. I am apprehensive about the use of short term licences. Licences which elected members of Dublin City Council have not been consulted on. These tenancy agreements are experimental and may cause a transient population in the new housing projects.”

“I have called for permanent tenancies in what are permanent homes. Let’s give security to these families, some of whom have spent over a year in hotel rooms. It’s what they deserve. The creation of a transient population is experimental and will not allow for community to develop.”

“In reality I believe once families move into these houses they won't want to move on after a short period because we'd be hard pushed to find them a better alternative.”

“Long term we need good planning in relation to the provision of Public housing. We are experiencing a housing crisis in Dublin which requires the building of housing for families on the council list, for old folks looking to downsize, affordable houses for young families who are currently struggling to meet the new mortgage requirements from the central bank and affordable rental accommodation for those who can’t buy.”

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