Sometimes I wonder if I am living in a parallel universe to certain sections of the media. Today I was having lunch with a friend on a flying visit to Cork and we were talking about the ongoing scandal of how the media is currently singing the woes of mortgagees and those poor Section 23 Investors (God love them sure!) in arrears at the expense of the catastrophe that is silently taking place in the rented sector without anybody actually noticing. We know of certainly a fair few cases now where somebody has been forced to gived up a tenant and move in with family (hoping and praying that it will work out) because redundancy and the limitations of the SWA RA system have basically shut them in realistic terms, out of housing.
But I wasn't prepared for the dreadful case of Rachel Peavoy, who died of hypothermia in her Ballymun flat on 11th Jan, despite serious efforts to get the council to fix the heating. Apparently, the council refused to turn on the heating simply because the surrounding flats were vacated and because Ballymun is being "regenerated."
Its just so scandalous and appalling really I don't need to comment on how awful it can be to have no control over the living standards of your accomodation. Read more here.