Saturday, 18 February 2012

Wexford IRSP to hold public meeting on Housing

To tie in with the Irish Republican Socialist Party's housing campaign, the Wexford IRSP have called a public meeting to establish a private tenants association.

The meeting will take place in White's Hotel, Wexford on Tuesday 13th March at 8pm.

The association's aims would be to protect the rights of people living in rented private property in the Wexford area.

In general working people and those on living social welfare who rent from private landlords have very little support if they find themselves in a dispute with the property owner.

In the last budget the government claimed that nobody's basic income was reduced. This is untrue as rent supplement was cut by at least six euro per week across the board. This is the fourth time the rent allowance has been reduced since the austerity measures began.

Tenants were told by the government to negotiate cuts in their rent to make up for this loss in income, however people on rent allowance are usually among the most vulnerable members of society and many landlords simply refused to make any reduction in rent.

There are many other issues that effect tenants, such as poor living conditions, deposits being withheld unjustly, insecurity of tenure and short term leases which mean the rent can be increased suddenly if the landlord feels he can get more income from the property.

There will be speakers on the night discussing these issues and the audience will be invited to say what they would like the association to work towards.

A committee will be elected and a programme of action established.

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Rory Stafford

Wexford Cummann,
Irish Republican Socialist Party.

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