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Governments failure to discuss rent certainty is not good enough – Ellis

19 May, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has today criticised Minister Alan Kelly and the Labour Party for failing to bring forward any proposals on rent certainty or other rent regulation measures. His comments followed confirmation today at Order of Business that no proposals for Rent Certainty have been discussed at Cabinet and no legislation is planned.

Deputy Ellis said:

“We have an emergency on our hands, and this inaction is not good enough. Minister Alan Kelly said that he would introduce Rent Certainty at the Labour Party conference in February, yet we have no movement at all on it since.

“The government continue to claim that they will tackle unaffordable rents, but they are doing nothing. We only have a few weeks before the Dáil finishes for the summer and less than a year until the government’s term is over. We cannot wait.

“Since this government have taken office, rents have risen year on year across the state, with Dublin rates increasing by an average over 40%. People cannot afford these increase caused by a shortage of housing and very high demand. Many landlords see this as an opportunity to charge as high rents as possible with no reflection on the quality of the accommodation or the ability of ordinary people to afford it.

“These rent increases have led to more and more people becoming homeless and emergency accommodation being at capacity.

“We need a system which regulates rent to ensure fairness and affordability. Housing is a right and its importance becomes before the private profit and the market. It must be a priority for any self-respecting government to ensure people a place to live. We need action to protect tenants now.” 

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