I move that the Committee agree with the Seanad in amendment No. 2:
Section 22: In page 15, after subsection (6), the following subsection inserted:
"(7) Where, by reason only of an order under subsection (1) of this section, a person is not residing at a place during any period, he shall be deemed, for the purposes of any rights under the Landlord and Tenant Acts, 1931 to 1971, the Statute of Limitations, 1957, or the Rent Restrictions Acts, 1960 and 1967, to be residing at the place during that period."
This amendment refers to section 22 which is the section giving the District Court power to exclude a violent spouse from the family home. The amendment provides that his period of exclusion shall not break any period of possession or occupation that he might have been enjoying for the purpose of establishing rights under the Landlord and Tenant Acts, the Rent Restrictions Acts or the Statute of Limitations. The amendment provides that if he is excluded by reason of an order of the District Court, any rights that have been accruing to him under those Acts will not be affected. If the position were to be otherwise, the wife and the rest of the family could be prejudiced in so far as the rights of the husband are concerned under the statutes in question.