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Government have ensured higher rents for tenants – Ellis

2 December, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said that the government’s policies have resulted in higher rents for a huge number of tenants in advance of Christmas. He made his comments as the government voted to reject his Rent Certainty and Prevention of Homelessness Bill in the Dáil tonight.

The Dublin North West TD continued:

“The Minister quite clearly hasn’t a clue. His solution to homelessness is to buy modular units a third more expensive than houses for sale right now. It took him a full year to get around to a one year delay in rent increases with absolutely no provision for rent certainty or rent control.

“The objectives of this bill are positive and good. It seeks to give local authorities and other relevant bodies the power and responsibility to idea those at risk of losing their home and to provide support to keep them in their home because they have nowhere else to go.

“Surely in a country where 73 families become homeless every month there is a need to keep people in their home. Surely in a country where we spend 70 million euro a year just to stand still on homelessness we need to protect people in their home. When hotel rooms, B&B’s and Modular units at 191,000 euro each are the other option, keeping people in their home becomes the only real option, the only humane option, the only sensible option.

“The same logic applies to rent certainty. Rent certainty is not what the government falsely called a rent freeze but is really a rent delay. It is the limiting of future possible increases so as to give certainty to tenants. It is the bare minimum as rent regulation goes. It is far short of the model we would like to see in place where rents are controlled by local standard rates but it goes a lot further than the government’s weak offering.

“The only certainty the government offers renters is that they will have higher rents before Christmas and they will get even higher in 2 years.” 

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