Threshold Advice for Tenants Coping with Flooding

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Threshold, the national housing charity, issued advice to tenants affected by the recent heavy rainfall and flooding.

“Severe weather conditions – such as those experienced over the past couple of days – can leave people who live in rented accommodation vulnerable and unsure of their rights,” said Bob Jordan, Director of Threshold. “We would urge tenants affected by the heavy rain and flooding to keep their landlords informed of their circumstances and, if they are unsure of their rights, to contact Threshold immediately.

“We have already experienced a large number of calls today from tenants who have been affected by the extreme weather.”

Threshold provided the following step-by-step advice for tenants affected by the heavy rain:

  • Report flood damage or leaks to your landlord or letting agent immediately.
  • Keep detailed records of all contact made with your landlord or letting agent.
  • Record the damage – take photographs of the flooding / leaks and any goods damaged.
  • Move items to a safer area.
  • If a property becomes temporarily uninhabitable, ask your landlord for temporary alternative accommodation. However, landlords are under no obligation to re-house tenants in these circumstances.
  • If you have to temporarily leave your home, confirm with your landlord that the necessary repairs will be carried out within a reasonable period of time, and ask for confirmation of the date on which you can return.
  • If your property becomes permanently uninhabitable, your tenancy is ended and you may seek alternative accommodation. Your deposit and any rent paid in advance should be returned to you.
  • If you have contents insurance, check your policy to see if you are covered for flood damage. There is no obligation on a landlord to insure a tenant’s personal belongings; however, you should check with your landlord to see if their insurance covers any loss you have incurred.
  • Keep receipts for all expenses incurred as a result of the flooding / leaks.

“Heavy rainfall can expose structural faults in properties, so it is important that tenants report any leaks or flood damage to landlords immediately,” said Bob Jordan. “Landlords are obliged to ensure their properties are maintained in a good state of structural repair. If the landlords are not undertaking these repairs, tenants can seek advice from Threshold.

“We are also calling on landlords to check on their tenants in the aftermath of this heavy rain. It would be particularly important for landlords to contact vulnerable tenants, such as elderly people or tenants who live alone, and make sure that they are okay.”

Threshold’s advice centres can be contacted on the following numbers:

  • Dublin: 01-6353651.
  • Cork: 021-4278848.
  • Galway: 091-563080.

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About Threshold
Threshold was founded in 1978 and is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. Its main concentration of work is within the rented sector. The organisation operates a national office, based in Dublin, and three regional offices. It provides advice and representation to over 20,000 people each year. Further information is available at www.threshold.ie.

ENDS

About Threshold
Threshold was founded in 1978 and is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. Its main concentration of work is within the rented sector. The organisation operates a national office, based in Dublin, and three regional offices. It provides advice and representation to over 20,000 people each year. Further information is available at www.threshold.ie.

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