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Social housing tenants need to be protected from rent increases – Fra McCann

29 May, 2013 - by Fra McCann


Sinn Féin MLA Far McCann has said recently released figures revealing housing association rents have risen by over 60% over the past 10 years, twice as much as the Housing Executive, shows that social housing tenants need to be protected.

Association rents rose by a further 5% this year. The West Belfast MLA and party spokesperson on housing said:
 
“With a review of housing structures imminent and concerns about alignment of rents, we need to ensure that those in Housing Executive homes who enjoy lower rents don’t fall foul of those who argue for rent increases as a way of raising finance.

“The minister needs to ensure that social housing rents are protected so that those most in need are protected. There seems to be a shift in recent times to move rents closer to that of the private sector, which has people paying top ups over and above their housing benefit to ensure they have a home.
 

“The minister needs to spell out his position on this issue. He needs to ensure that those living in the social housing sector have their rents protected or kept at inflationary rises.”

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