The housing support agency Threshold which advocates for people threatened with eviction and homelessness has opened an advice clinic in Limerick to meet the demand for its services in area.
Over the first five months of this year Threshold received 175 calls for help from people living in the private rented sector in Limerick, 59 of which were tenancy termination cases.
Edel Conlon who is Southern Regional Manager for Threshold said the need for their services was growing in Limerick, particularly since Limerick City East, which covers the suburbs of Castletroy, Monaleen, Annacotty, St Patricks Road, and Childers Road estates, was made a rent pressure zone.
The priority of Threshold is to help protect the tenancy before the threat of eviction which can then lead to homelessness given the very precarious situation that currently exists for many in the private rented sector, Ms Conlon said.
The bulk of clients need help and assistance with notice of tenancy terminations, rent reviews, and the threat of homelessness.
Threshold have now set up a weekly advice and drop-in service every Tuesday located at the Limerick Citizens Information centre on the city's Henry Street.
Ms Conlon says she expects the service will grow in Limerick and they want to secure a more long-term service in the city.