One-third of calls to Threshold in 2017 related to tenancy termination
Threshold’s front line services protected more than 4,000 tenancies last year nationwide – Threshold 2017 Annual Report.
Some 32 per cent of calls to Threshold last year were from tenants faced with losing their homes. That is according to figures included in the Threshold 2017 annual report, which was launched by Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD. Overall, Threshold received 73,526 calls in 2017,up from 71,319 the previous year.
Commenting, Threshold chair, Aideen Hayden said: “Threshold is marking its 40th anniversary this year and since its foundation, our organisation has helped in the region of half a million people with a housing difficulty. Unfortunately, our services are needed now more than ever.Acquiring and maintaining safe, secure and affordable accommodation in the private rented sector is a huge challenge for many people in Ireland today, and not just in urban areas.
“Of particular concern to Threshold is the rise in the number of people contacting us in relation to tenancy terminations – over a third of our calls in 2017 relate to tenancy terminations, an 18% increase on the previous year. This points to the vulnerability of people in the private rented sector.”
Threshold 2017 annual report findings
Tenancy terminations, rent reviews and rent increases were the main issues about which Threshold was contacted in 2017. Tenancy termination queries once again topped the list, followed by queries regarding rent review /increases (18%); seeking accommodation (12%); standards and repairs (7%) and deposit retention (7%).
In all, Threshold protected 4,376 tenancies last year. Threshold also represented 90 clients at Residential Tenancies Board hearings. Through its Tenancy Protection Service, Threshold saved the State in the region of €3m through its provision of services and supports for those at imminent risk of homelessness.This saving was achieved through Threshold’s work to secure enhanced rent supplement payments to 227 families and individuals using the Interim Tenancy Sustainment Protocol (ITSP) which operates in Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, with an expenditure of €2,253,464. Had these tenancies not been protected, Threshold estimates that the cost of housing these families through emergency hotel accommodation would have come in at €5,210,800.