A Mayo Deputy introduced a bill in the Dail this afternoon to protect students renting accommodation.
Landlords would be required to repay rent to students who have not been able to occupy accommodation due to public health advice and Covid regulations under a new bill.
Sinn Féin Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh tabled the Student Accommodation Bill in the Dáil today.
The bill proposes inserting a new section to the Residential Tenancies Act 2004. Under the new section, students will have to give 28 days notice up to a period of time when they will not be occupying the accommodation and will legally require landlords or universities to repay rent for that period.
This will only apply throughout the pandemic.