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Saturday 3 December 2016

'Regulations are forcing me out of my home' reveals pensioner

Anthony Breen
Anthony Breen

A 65-year-old man has told how he must leave the bedsit he loves after it fell foul of housing regulations.

Anthony Breen (65) said that he had been living in his bedsit on the North Circular Road for nearly 19 years, but is now being forced to leave, following an inspection by Dublin City Council around two months ago.

The bedsit did not meet the set requirements, and as a result he said his landlady was forced to give him notice to quit, or she will be fined.

"I am quite happy here," said Anthony who is now retired, but is a former Dublin docks worker.

Regulations introduced in recent years have resulted in the phasing out of the traditional bedsit by requiring every letting or rental unit to have their own sanitary facilities, which must be provided in a room separate from other rooms and contain separate ventilation.

"I have my own shower and toilet. I share nothing," said Anthony.

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However, it is situated a down the hall from his bedsit.

Since learning that he must leave by October 11, Mr Breen has been looking for somewhere to live, but to no avail amid the high demand for rental accommodation in the city.

"There is not a place to be had anywhere. Dublin City Council know this," he said.

Anthony said that he pays €120-a-week rent and has no issue with the landlady.

"I am living on my own for years, I am used to that. I like my own space.

"The landlord has the building in perfect condition. She has spent a lot of money on this house.

Upset

"She is upset about it," he added.

Anthony is also upset and believes that regulations are resulting in him being put out on the streets in the midst of a housing crisis.

Dublin City Council said it could not comment in relation to any specific property or individual. It said that minimum standards for rental accommodation are prescribed in housing regulations which came into effect on February 1, 2009 for all new tenancies.

A four-year lead-in period was given to landlords with existing tenancies.

All rental accommodation must now have its own separate sanitary facilities consisting of a toilet, wash basin and a fixed bath or shower with hot and cold water facilities and be provided in a separate room contained within the rented dwelling, the council said.

Landlords have a legal obligation to ensure their rented properties comply with them.

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