Illegal eviction in Ireland is common where a tenant is forced to leave his accommodation after paying his rent through means that are not within the confines of the law.
According to threshold.ie, illegal eviction occurs where a landlord, through force, intimidation or otherwise (such as cutting off utilities, changing locks etc.) denies a tenant access to their rented dwelling or removes a tenant’s belongings from the dwelling regardless of whether or not a valid notice of termination has been served.
In January 2018, the RTE reported that “there has been a significant increase in the number of people defying eviction notices over the past year.
New figures show an increase of almost 25% in referrals for ‘over-holding’ with the Residential Tenancies Board.
If a tenant fails to leave a property after receiving a notice of termination a landlord can complain to the RTB.”
However, it has been discovered that some of the landlords are illegally sending out their tenants as soon as they get another person who is ready to pay slightly higher.
The Irish Department of Housing, Planning and Local development headed by Minister Eoghan Murphy has now been called upon to arrest the issue of illegal eviction from houses by the landlord.
Peter Dooley, a spokesperson for the Dublin Renters Union tells the Circular that the government has to step in to stop all economic eviction.
When asked what the government has to do to stop illegal evictions in Ireland, he said: “The government has to stop all illegal evictions. Landlords are taking up the rents to quite high levels and making it difficult and making it uncomfortable for people to live.
“The government has to call a housing emergency and stop all illegal evictions and give people proper security in their homes and make rents affordable.”
Likewise, the Director of the Residential Tenancies board, Rosalind Carroll, revealed to the Journal in December 2017 that it “is dealing with four to five illegal eviction cases a week.”
It is situations like these that the Dublin Renters Union is battling and they have now called on the Irish government to step up and stop illegal evictions.’
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