Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Housing and local TD, Darragh O’Brien has welcomed a recent meeting with the USI to discuss strengthening student’s tenancy rights.

The Union of Students in Ireland Pre-Budget Submission ahead of Budget 2020 is again calling for the government to provide capital grants specifically for HEI development of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Deputy O’Brien said: “I recently met with the USI to discuss their pre-budget submission and specifically the accommodation crisis for students. It’s clear that significantly more work needs to be done in this area and I am happy to continue to work with the USI to strengthen student tenancy rights.

Deputy O’Brien noted that strengthening tenancy rights for students is a key priority for Fianna Fáil.

“We worked closely with the USI to ensure that amendments were made to the Residential Tenancies bill, ensuring that students in Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) would no longer see hikes of more than 4% per year.  Our work to introduce more security and affordability into the student accommodation sector continues and is one of Fianna Fáil’s priorities,” concluded Deputy O’Brien.