Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Licensees in Private Rented Accommodation: the Forgotten Sub-Sector?

This Applied Social Studies/Threshold seminar presents the findings of an exploratory study into the housing conditions and experiences of precarious renters.

In 1982, a seminal study on conditions in the Irish private rented residential sector produced for the Threshold housing charity declared it the ‘forgotten sector of Irish housing’, owing to its long-term neglect as a housing tenure. 35 years on from that early study, the sector is no longer a residual one, today providing accommodation for one fifth of the population (and growing) and having seen at the turn of the century a significant modernisation and formalisation of its legal and regulatory frameworks. This has seen enhanced security of tenure for tenants enshrined in law and the introduction of a new regime for dispute resolution between landlords and tenants. But the modernisation of the sector did not benefit all renters equally. One such category is that of licensees, which includes renters residing in the same property as their landlord, as well as those occupying rented accommodation at the invitation of an existing tenant. Licensees are largely undocumented, invisible and insecure occupants within the private rental sector and exempt from a range of statutory protections granted to those with formal tenancy status, from security of tenure provisions to access to dispute resolution processes. They are vulnerable not only to the challenges faced widely by renters such as rent inflation and the limited supply of rental dwellings but may be additionally exposed to greater risks of sub-standard accommodation, exploitation and eviction, in some cases leading to homelessness. This event will feature: • The presentation of findings from an exploratory study into the conditions and impacts of rental precarity for licensees in Cork and Dublin, undertaken by researchers in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork in collaboration with Threshold • A contribution from Patricia Sheehy- Skeffington, Barrister at Law with a specialism in landlord and tenant law, on the legal and regulatory contexts of renting as a licensee • A panel discussion featuring representatives from Threshold and some of the groups most affected by precarious renting, including the Korean Society of Ireland and the UCC Students’ Union As the venue capacity is limited, we are asking those interested in attending to register via the Eventbrite link above. A light lunch will be provided.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 10.30am-1pm
Location: CACSSS Seminar Room, O'Rahilly Building (G27)
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mark Cullinane

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