Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the government to prioritise the introduction of fair rent controls to tackle the rising rents which are putting families at risk of losing their homes.
He made his call in light of recent figures released by Daft.ie which found the average rent price for a home was up 14% in Dublin and 9% across the state since last year.
Deputy Ellis said:
“This isn't news. Rents have been going up for the last 3 years at least as there is too few houses available and very high demand. Rents are out of control, especially in Dublin and putting people at risk of homelessness.
“Sinn Féin supports fair rent controls. This will not solve the problem and is needed as part of a package of initiatives to help to ease the housing crisis. Renters who now facing homelessness cannot wait for more social housing to come on stream and so rent control is needed as a matter of priority.
“I appreciate that the Minister has commissioned a report into rent control options but the people who are struggling to scrape together the money to keep their home cannot wait any longer.
“We have been waiting a very long time for a deposit retention scheme despite positive soundings from the Minister. We cannot allow rent controls to go the same way.
“People have already lost their homes because of rent increases. We need to stop this from happening in the future.
“The state needs to step in to stop rack renting and to ensure that rents are set at a fair level which takes into account the Consumer Price Index and the quality of the accommodation.
“Along with significant investment in housing as outlined by Sinn Féin during recent debates in the Dáil we can begin to really tackle housing need and bring rents under control.”