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Licensees in Private Rented Accommodation: the Forgotten Sub-Sector?

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Thursday October 26th, 10.30am-1pm

CACSSS Seminar Room (G27, O’Rahilly Building), University College Cork

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In 1982, a seminal study on conditions in the Irish private rented residential sector produced for the Threshold housing charity declared it the ‘forgotten sector of Irish housing’, owing to its long-term neglect as a housing tenure.

35 years on from that early study, the sector is no longer a residual one, today providing accommodation for one fifth of the population (and growing) and having seen at the turn of the century a significant modernisation and formalisation of its legal and regulatory frameworks. This has seen enhanced security of tenure for tenants enshrined in law and the introduction of a new regime for dispute resolution between landlords and tenants.

But the modernisation of the sector did not benefit all renters equally. One such category is that of licensees, which includes renters residing in the same property as their landlord, as well as those occupying rented accommodation at the invitation of an existing tenant.

Licensees are largely undocumented, invisible and insecure occupants within the private rental sector and exempt from a range of statutory protections granted to those with formal tenancy status, from security of tenure provisions to access to dispute resolution processes. They are vulnerable not only to the challenges faced widely by renters such as rent inflation and the limited supply of rental dwellings but may be additionally exposed to greater risks of sub-standard accommodation, exploitation and eviction, in some cases leading to homelessness.


This event will feature:

  • The presentation of findings from an exploratory study into the conditions and impacts of rental precarity for licensees in Cork and Dublin, undertaken by researchers in the School of Applied Social Studies, University College Cork in collaboration with Threshold.

  • A contribution from Patricia Sheehy-Skeffington, a barrister with an interest in housing, environmental law, equality and intellectual property, on the legal and regulatory contexts of renting as a licensee. Patricia formerly sat on Tenancy Tribunals and is a current member of the Rent Tribunal and a board member of the Residential Tenancies Board (RTB). She is speaking here in a strictly personal capacity.

  • A panel discussion featuring representatives from Threshold and some of the groups most affected by precarious renting, including the Korean Society of Ireland and the UCC Students’ Union.


As the venue capacity is limited, we are asking those interested in attending to register via Eventbrite. A light lunch will be provided.

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