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Short term solutions not the way to deal with housing crisis-Ó Snodaigh

16 December, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has reiterated his call for the Department of Social Protection to deal directly with landlords in an effort to curb rental increases and for the urgent introduction of rent controls.

“Rent Supplement spending accounts for one third of all rental units across the state.  Any blanket move to raise rent supplement payments risks causing further rent hikes across the board which could lead to increased homelessness.

“There is a housing and homelessness crisis in this country.  Government inaction is not an option and certain actions while welcome for those who will immediately benefit will ultimately make matters worse for all those households that are struggling to cover the cost of their rent.  We need a social housing building programme that delivers more and faster than what has been announced by government.  And we need a system of rent controls to be introduced as a matter of urgency. 

“A combination of social housing, rental price controls and greater protections for tenants in the private rented sector is what is needed. 

“Continually increasing rent supplement is like chasing the hare, landlords will continue to increase prices if they are not prevented from doing so by rent controls”.

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