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Rents still rising due to Labour failure – Ellis

1 February, 2016 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has condemned the Labour party in government for its failure to deal with rising unaffordable rents. He made his comments on foot of a report by Chartered Surveyors Ireland that forecast rent increases between 5 and 7% in 2016.

Deputy Ellis said:

“We knew the government policy of delaying rent reviews would have very little effect on rent increases. This report backs up our analysis.

“Renters needed the Labour party to make a stand and take to swift decisive and strong action to bring rents under control. They did the exact opposite.

“What we ended up with was a year of foot dragging which only delivered a pathetically weak response of delaying rent reviews for one year.

“This directly contributed to substantial rent increases being placed on tenants in the run up to Christmas.

“According to Simon Community, 95% of rent supplement recipients cannot afford current rent levels.

“Sinn Féin in government would tackle high rents by setting fair local standard rates based on size and quality as well as tying future increases to the rate of inflation.

“We would also tackle the shortage of housing by building 100,000 new social and affordable homes by 2030.” 

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