Dundalk exclusion from Rent Pressure Zone compounds student accommodation crisis – Munster
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has hit out at government for their failure to provide protections for tenants who are living in student accommodation across the state.
Deputy Munster was speaking on Sinn Féin’s private members’ Bill which called for student-specific accommodation to be included under the Residential Tenancies Act to ensure that student accommodation be included in rent pressure zones and have protections under the Residential Tenancies Board.
Deputy Munster said:
“Student specific accommodation is expensive. Students and their parents across the state are under serious financial pressure due to the cost of third level education under this government.
“Dundalk is an example of the lack of regulation over student accommodation. There are over 5000 students attending Dundalk IT. Students in the county are under pressure to find affordable accommodation, and there are no protections forthcoming for government regarding tenancy rights and rent control.
“This government has failed to manage the private rental sector, which is now in a state of chaos. The only protection that is in place, which is clearly failing to address the problem of rent hikes, is the rent pressure zones, and the Minister has refused to include Dundalk in that initiative.
“Rents in Louth increased again last year by 13.5%, which shows that the market is a basket-case, and this is by design of the government.
“Our Bill aimed to protect students, a vulnerable group, from greedy landlords. The government refused to support it. This is another indication of their complete disinterest in the state’s housing crisis.”