A short update to confirm that the legislation referred to in our last post, which limits the letting / licensing of student-specific accommodation to the academic year, passed all remaining stages of the legislative process on Thursday 11 June, without amendment.

The Seanad has also passed a motion for early signature by the President

In a development of interest to those owning and managing student accommodation, the Irish Government has recently announced its intention to introduce legislative changes aimed at “protecting” students from year-long leases.

Background to the announcement

The announcement was made by Simon Harris TD, then Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage has just published its report (the Report) on its pre-legislative scrutiny of the General Scheme of the Residential Tenancies (Right to Purchase) Bill 2023 (the General Scheme).

Background

On 7 March 2023, the Government agreed in principle to the introduction of a new legislative

We posted in May that the general scheme of the Planning and Development (Land Value Sharing and Urban Development Zones) Bill 2022 (the General Scheme) had been published by Government.

The Joint Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage (the Committee) has just published its report (the Report) on its Pre-Legislative Scrutiny

On 25 April the Irish Government announced a housing plan, termed by some as a “mini housing budget”, aimed at cutting the cost of building and refurbishing homes and further speeding up the delivery of housing.

The plan is comprised of the following measures:

  1. The temporary waiver for development contributions on new homes. These contributions,

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In an earlier post we highlighted the introduction, in November 2022, of a temporary moratorium on the termination of residential tenancies during what was referred to as the “winter emergency period”. The legislation was intended to help reduce homelessness numbers over the course of the winter and was due to expire on 31 March 2023.