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145. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the upcoming Landlord and Tenant Reform Bill will propose to reform the law concerning estate management companies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2950/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The primary objective of the Landlord and Tenant Law Reform Bill, which is broadly based on reform recommendations set out in the 2007 Law Reform Commission Report "The Law of Landlord and Tenant", is to update and streamline the general law relating to landlord and tenant. This will involve repealing the Landlord and Tenant Law Amendment Act Ireland 1860 (more commonly referred to as Deasy’s Act) and other pre-1922 statutes, together with some statutory provisions or more recent origin, and replacing them with a statutory framework more suited to modern conditions. The draft Bill contains reforms which seek to clarify the respective obligations of both landlords and tenants and improve protection levels for tenants. It will, for example, abolish certain eviction remedies currently available to landlords and replace them with an updated statutory redress scheme.
It is not intended that the draft Bill will contain amendments to the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011. The primary purpose of this Act is to provide a statutory framework for the ownership and management of common areas of multi-unit developments and to facilitate the fair, efficient and effective functioning of owners' management companies (OMCs) which are established for the purposes of owning and managing such common areas. The operation of this Act is kept under review in my Department.