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Louth faces significant rent increases - Adams

19 November, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has accused the government of contributing to a significant increase in rents in Louth through the incompetent manner in which it has dealt with the rent crisis and homelessness issue.

The Louth TD raised the issue with the Taoiseach during order of business in the Dáil on Wednesday.

Teachta Adams speaking afterward said:

“The Rental Survey of Trends in the rental market for the third quarter of 2015 has revealed that rents are spiralling out of control and that the recent months of confusion and indecision by the government on how to tackle this issue has seen landlords push rents up by as much as €82 a month or an inflation rate of 9.3%

Louth is among the regions with the highest rates of inflation in rents outside of Dublin. According to Louth saw an increase of 13.3% in rents since last year. This compares with 12.2% in Galway and 11.4% in Limerick.

Rents also rose by an average of 3.2% in Leinster – outside of Dublin – between June and September – with the biggest increases in Louth and Meath.

The government was warned that its refusal to take firm action to introduce rent certainty measures would encourage landlords to increase rents before any legislation was introduced. The report appears to confirm this.

Currently there are over 130,000 households in need of housing across the state and there are nearly 1500 children in homeless accommodation in Dublin. These households are living in cramped, damp, under managed, over-priced private accommodation, or sleeping on sofas, spare beds or the floors of their friends and family.

The government’s approach has been lacklustre and inadequate to meet the needs of families desperate for a home.”


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