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Housing charity Threshold contacted by renter facing eviction every 20 minutes, new report shows

4th November 2022

The housing charity Threshold assisted an average of 472 renters facing eviction each month – or one person every 20 minutes – in the first nine months of this year.

The charity has published its latest quarterly report today. It found that evictions continue to be the “primary issue” facing private renters, accounting for “38pc of new cases in Q3 2022”.

Threshold said the “level of insecurity and precarity of renters continues to increase”. 

Twelve per cent of calls, over the quarter, related to a private renter wanting to know how a landlord might end their tenancy, while 6pc concerned lease agreements.

“In the first three quarters of the year, queries about tenancy terminations surpassed the total number for 2021, and are significantly higher than pre-Covid times in 2019,” the report states.

Between July and September of this year, Threshold advisors intervened to prevent 1,121 households from entering homelessness. In all, 1,758 adults and 1,185 children were able to stay in their homes or were supported to secure alternative housing.

According to the report, of the new clients who contacted the charity, 2,068 were “at risk of homelessness” and the “majority” of these renters were at risk because their landlord was choosing to sell the home.

“Where possible, Threshold will assist these households to remain in their home or secure an alternative home. With fewer properties available to rent, however, and a landlord within their rights to evict for the purposes of sale, this is an increasingly more difficult task,” the report added.

In the first nine months of the year, Threshold advisors assisted an average of 472 renters a month who were being evicted from their home. This means that roughly every 20 minutes, a Threshold advisor responded to a call from a renter who had received a notice of termination.

Between July and September, 1,384 renters sought Threshold’s help when they received a notice of termination from their landlord. The report found that six in 10 of these notices had been issued by landlords intending to sell the home.

Of the notices for sale, Threshold advisors identified that 46pc were invalid. In these cases, the renter does not have to vacate the home.

Threshold said its advisors observed that once a landlord realised the notice was invalid, they issued a valid notice ultimately bringing the tenancy to an end.

Last week, President Michael D Higgins signed off on a temporary winter eviction ban, which kicked in from November 1 and will run until the end of March.

However, Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has said there will not be a “cliff edge” from April 1, with evictions set to be staggered.

Threshold CEO John-Mark McCafferty said the “exodus” of landlords from the market is heaping pressure on renters.

“We are continuing to see a large exodus of landlords from the private rental sector, resulting in fewer properties available to rent and fewer housing alternatives for households who are facing eviction. Given the increasingly dire situation, it was necessary for the Government to introduce a ban on evictions to allow for short- and medium-term solutions to be implemented to combat the growing rental crisis,” he added.

“It is absolutely vital that the Government uses the time of this eviction ban to develop and implement measures to not only slow the rate of evictions being served to private renters, but also to increase the availability of affordable and secure homes. Failure to establish such measures will result in no improved outlook for private renters at the end of the eviction ban in Spring 2023.”

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