Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
507. Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the progress made on the review of the Private Residential Tenancies Act; the operation of the Private Residential Tenancies Board; if approved bodies are to be incorporated within the remit of the Board and the way this would be achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28203/10]
Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Deputy Michael Finneran): In April 2009 my Department commenced a review of the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2004, under which the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) operates. The purpose of this review was to consider whether the Act best supported the PRTB’s key functions and whether legislative amendments would support either the achievement of additional operational efficiencies by the PRTB in the delivery of those functions or the broader good working of the private rented sector.
I announced the preliminary outcomes of the review in November 2009; they include recommendations in a number of key areas, and have an overall emphasis on streamlining and simplifying the Act and reducing delays. Among the main issues that will be addressed by amending legislation are—
A number of issues requiring further research, including how best to achieve the inclusion within the remit of the Residential Tenancies Act of those segments of the voluntary and co-operative housing sector that most closely parallel its current remit, are being considered in detail. My Department will continue to engage in direct consultation with key stakeholders in this regard.
The Government recently approved the preparation of Heads of a Bill to amend the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 and it is envisaged that the General Scheme of a Bill setting out the detailed proposals arising out of the review will be submitted for Government approval in Autumn 2010.
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