Dublin homelessness worker calls for crackdown on landlords who don't declare rental income

Edel Campbell, who is also fighting stage 4 cancer, says landlords do not want to accept people on the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP).

A woman who helps hundreds of homeless people every week has called for a crackdown on landlords who do not declare their rental income would put more properties on the rental market - writes dublinlive.ie.

Edel Campbell, 38, says landlords do not want to accept people on the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) because of the tax implications.

Brave Edel, who is also fighting stage 4 cancer, explained: “We looked to try and get a house for over a year on HAP but it was a nightmare as no one will accept it.

“It is definitely not a solution towards homelessness. HAP seems to work for single people looking for 1 bed apartments as they are harder to rent out.”

Edel, husband Bryan, 43, and their three children have moved into their wheelchair accessible bungalow near Ballyboughal, north county Dublin, which was allocated to them by Fingal County Council.

The couple set up North County Outreach which feeds hundreds of people, including families with children, every week outside the GPO.

They each experienced homelessness as children and lost their home to the banks during the recession.

They had lived in a three-storey house in Balbriggan but Edel was not able to use the stairs more than once a day because of her fight with cancer.

In their desperation they used the media to highlight their urgent need for a bungalow, as Edel works to create as many memories as possible with their young children.

“I would say talking to the press did help as it highlighted our need and enraged people enough to pick up the phone and call the council asking why I had not got a house.”

“Given my numerous medical conditions, having a bungalow has improved my quality of life with my children as I can get around the house easier because it’s all on one level.”

“It has also given me more independence to do everyday things around the house which makes me feel great knowing I’m contributing in a small way.”

She was diagnosed last year with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer which had also spread to her sternum and liver and after a gruelling 5 months chemotherapy regime is in remission.

“I’ve been told there is no cure and they can only keep me on medication to try prevent the worst. The truth is because my cancer was so aggressive the chances of it reoccurring is huge, I am currently under the care of Raheny hospice.”

The couple have Erin, 10, Ben, 5, and Jake, 4.

“We constantly need supplies of crisps, chocolate bars, fruit and small drinks such as small bottles of water or cans or juice.

“We also need people to cook large pots of food for us and to make sandwiches.”

She says there has to be “a crack down on landlords. Part of the reason rent schemes don’t work is because landlords do not register their properties because of tax implications.”

“Therefore they won’t take welfare or HAP, thus leaving a shortage of properties.

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