The Dail will hear a call for a ban on evictions into homelessness today from a Cork TD who worked alongside the Leeside Apartments residents to stop the eviction of more than a dozen households at the hands of a vulture fund.
Clúid Housing Association purchased the 78-unit Leeside Apartments complex in Cork city, in conjunction with Cork City Council, from an investment company for €20m and they will be used for social housing and for rent to the private sector.
The deal removes the threat of eviction from existing tenants, while around 50 vacant units will be made available for social housing which will be filled from the social housing list.
Cork TD Mick Barry (Solidarity) will tell the Dail today that the the Leeside Apartments residents are critical of the fact that they had to secure a roof over their own heads without protection and support from the law of the land.
He will inform the Dail that at a residents meeting held last Friday a proposal was unanimously agreed to call on the Dail to pass legislation which will totally ban future attempts to evict people into homelessness.
The residents also voted to join this Saturday’s Cork March For Homes which will take place on Grand Parade at 2pm and is calling for a ban on evictions, rent control legislation which cuts rent and for public housing on public land.
“I will be bringing a message to the Dail from the Leeside Apartments residents that they didn’t get help from the law, that they should have got help from the law, and that in future other tenants should definitely get help from the law,” said Deputy Barry.
“ In other words: that it is high time now that this country passed a law banning the practice of evicting people into homelessness.”