Landlords in Dáil opposing Rent Control - Ellis
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said a major block on the introduction of much needed Rent Controls is the self-interest of landlord TD's. He made his comments following the release of the Register of Dáil members’ interests which shows at least 11% of TD's are landlords, with 19 declaring "Landlord" as their occupation and at least 5 of those are in breach of the PRTB regulations.
Deputy Ellis said;
"Being a landlord does not mean you automatically charge high rents or flout regulations and many landlords provide a good service. However TD's must not be above reproach when making decisions on issues affecting the people of the state and rent rates are a major issue right now. Dublin city, where many TD's rent properties, has seen rent rates soar by 34% since this government took office.
“Some of these TD's own just one property which they rent rather than leaving idle, but others have extensive property portfolios and make considerable money off the rent of a number of tenants. This does not inspire confidence in the public who want to see controls on rent which will make it affordable to live in comfort without fear of losing your home.
“Sinn Féin has called for rent controls for a long time now and have been met with a lot of resistance from the government. Fianna Fáil have even called for the state to pay more money to landlords. We need to bring down rates now and to have regulations which stabilise rents into the future to create a more sustainable and affordable market. This must be done in conjunction with a major public house building strategy."