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Rent measures fall well short of what is needed - Lynn Boylan MEP

6 November, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin’s Lynn Boylan has roundly criticised the leaked rental crisis measures proposed by government stating that they fall well short of rent certainty and still lack the necessary protections for tenants.

Speaking today Ms. Boylan said:

“This proposed suite of measures are insufficient.

“Landlords already have to justify rent increases when they are brought before the PRTB so this is nothing new and this should not be lauded as a new measure.

“Changing the rent review from one year to two years may give some tenants breathing room but at the end of the day there is still no rent certainty and this is certainly not being touted as a long term measure.

“We should also be aware that some landlords may plan for the proposed two-year rent review by now adjusting their initial rent calculations at the outset. This could have a disastrous effect with a possible immediate increase in rents.

“We really need to tackle this problem at the root, and the problem is a lack of supply.

“The government needs to begin a social housing building programme without delay.

“Other countries across Europe have managed to maintain their social housing building programme despite the recession.

“In Ireland there appears to be an ideological resistance to government investment in housing despite how successful such programmes have been in the past.”

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