A Cork TD has renewed his call for the moratorium on evictions and rent increases to be extended.
The current moratorium is due to run until June 27, however Cork North Central Solidarity TD Mick Barry has asked the Housing Minister to extend this amid concerns that significant numbers of people will be unable to pay full rents by the end of June or rent arrears that have built up in the course of the lockdown.
Deputy Barry has also raised concerns about the danger of a “massive spike” in the number of evictions and about recent comments by landlord representative organisations on the issue of pursuing rent arrears.
The issue was raised in the Dáil this evening, where Deputy Barry made the case for extending the moratorium.
Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform John Paul Phelan told Deputy Barry that the Minister was giving consideration to the moratorium, and to expect an update on this shortly.
Deputy Barry also said he believed an extension of the moratorium on evictions will be insufficient on its own without a scheme being put in place for the writing off of rent arrears for tenants who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
“There has been no official data collated on the extent of rent arrears that have built up over the last few months but anecdotal evidence would indicate that they are very considerable indeed. Unless there is some kind of scheme put in place to write those arrears off there will be an immovable mountain of debt and a sharp increase of evictions when any moratorium ends,” he said.