Rising rents show need for immediate government action - Ellis
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis has called on the government to implement a system of rent control in conjunction with major social housing investment, to tackle the serious shortage of housing and rising residential rents.
He made his comments as new figures from Daft.ie revealed rents continue to rise across the state and the number of properties available for rent is at its lowest point in seven years.
Deputy Ellis continued;
"Dublin rents have increased 14% on this time last years with rents across the state up 11%. In the last three years residential rents have sky rocketed with increases of nearly 40% in the capital.
“Rent is not affordable and in no way related to the quality of accommodation on offer. It is purely being driven by a recognition by landlords that people are desperate for accommodation and will pay whatever they can even if it is unsustainable or means they will have to go without other essentials.
“These figures come on the back of recent figures which showed once again that
the majority of rental properties inspected by Dublin City Council failed to
meet basic standards. People are paying astronomical rents for what can in some
circumstances only be considered slum
“We need a suite of measures to address these problems. Firstly we need rent
controls to stem the hikes in prices and stop the flow of renters into
homelessness. Secondly we need a major investment in social housing to take
pressure off the private market and further stabilise
rents. The government have announced some building plans but they are simply not enough.
“Finally we need to hold to account bad landlords who profit off poor accommodation which is undermanaged over crowded or unsafe. A fine it not enough; if a landlord is repeatedly found to be renting substandard accommodation or has failed repeatedly to register their property for tenancies, then strong measures must be taken to punish this behaviour while not affecting the supply of housing."