HOMELESSNESS AND THE RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

If you or someone you know is at risk of getting kicked out of their accommodation, the two important things are to:

  1. Get in contact with as many supports as possible.
  2. Know your rights.

Supports

If you are a student who is homeless or at risk of losing your home, you should contact your Student Advisor as soon as you can. UCD has several student advisors, each representing students in a different study area. You can find and contact your student advisor here.

You can also contact the Welfare Officer in the student union to set up a meeting by emailing welfare@ucdsu.ie or calling emailing +353 1 716 3112. The Welfare Officer can talk to you in person about emergency housing options, as well as how to manage the impact of homelessness on your studies.

Threshold is a charity which exists specifically to support people in Ireland who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes. They run a free advice hotline, Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.00pm.

You can call this line at 1800 454 454, or see their website, https://www.threshold.ie/ for further information.

Your Rights

No matter how long you have been living in a property, you have a right to a Notice of Termination and at least 28 days’ notice before your landlord can kick you out. The only time this doesn’t apply is when there’s been serious antisocial behaviour or behaviour which “threatens the fabric of the dwelling” (try not to take sledgehammers to the walls, if you can).

Here’s a handy table from Threshold.ie showing how much notice you are entitled to:

Required Period of NoticeRequired Period of Notice
Less than 6 months28 days
At least 6 months, less than 1 year90 days
1 year or more but less than 3 years120 days
3 years or more but less than 7 years180 days
7 years or more but less than 8 years196 days
8 or more years224 days

If you have been living there at least six months, your landlord must provide grounds for termination (basically, the reason they are ending their agreement with you). Once you have been living there 6 months, you join the existing lease agreement – which means you have the same rights as the housemate who has been living in the house the longest (see table above).

For more info about your legal rights, call Threshold’s free advice line on 1800 454 454 (Mon-Fri, 9AM-9PM) or have a look at the resources on their website:

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