Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth has submitted a new Bill, designed to make it easier for the holders of long term leases in properties, who have made significant improvements to those properties, to acquire full freehold title to the property.

The Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) (Amendment) Bill 2017 will provide clarity to tenants following a controversial Supreme Court decision in 2012.

Deputy Smyth explained, “Following a Supreme Court ruling, which has created confusion within the system, I proposed a number of amendments to the original Landlord and Tenant (Ground Rents) Act 1978, to bring clarity to the issue.  These amendments confirm the original intention of the Oireachtas, which was to confer rights on tenants who had long occupation of premises and who had developed those premises at their own expense.

“This is a particular issue for a number of businesses in Carrickmacross, but my party has also been made aware of cases in other towns across the country.

“My Bill was lodged with the Parliamentary Legal Office on the 5th of October to ensure that it will comply fully with all constitutional requirements laid out under the law.  However, there appear to be delays within the office itself which has led to a delay with the approval of my Bill.

“Fianna Fáil is anxious to progress this legislation and has been in contact with the Parliamentary Legal Office to emphasise the urgency of the issue.  I hope to be in a position to introduce this important Bill before the end of this Dáil term”.