Talk won’t keep families out of Hotels or B&B’s –Councillor Denise Mitchell
Speaking ahead of Sinn Féin’s motion on the housing crisis Councillor Denise Mitchell, General election candidate for Dublin North Bay is calling on the government to support the Sinn Féin proposal and introduce Emergency Legislation to cap and reduce rents to reasonable rent levels and to index-link future rent rises.
Speaking from Darndale today she said,
“Most of the homeless families I am dealing with have never been homeless before and now find themselves in this situation due to an increase in rents.
“Recent figures released by the PRTB starkly demonstrate that housing rents were 6.4% higher in the second quarter of this year, while apartment rents increased by 7.6% meaning tenants leasing a house paid out an average of €878 per month in rent.
“For families on rent allowance or those on low incomes it is simply not possible to meet the demand of increasing rents.
“This problem has been visible for the last two to three years particularly and yet the government has failed to act.
“There has been a lot of talk about addressing this issue but talk will not keep families out of hotels or B&B’s. Therefore I am asking all TD’s from all parties to support our motion and introduce rent caps immediately”