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Rent certainty urgently needed to tackle rising rents – Ó Broin

9 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Eoin Ó Broin, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, has called on that the government take urgent action and introduce rent certainty measures to tackle rising rents.

The Dublin Mid-West TD said:

“This morning, the PRTB confirmed that that average rental prices in Dublin reached €1,454 at the end of March.

“This figure is only marginally above peak Celtic Tiger rates in late 2007.

"Rents across the state continue to rise. Government inaction on this issue is making matters worse.

“By introducing rent certainty, through linking changes in rent arising from a rent review to the Consumer Price Index, stability is provided to both the tenant and the Landlord.

“Sinn Féin introduced a Bill to this effect last week in the Dáil.

“For many people rents are now unaffordable. More low income families are being pushed into homelessness as rent supplement and HAP levels fail to keep up with rising rent levels.

“The government can no longer sit on its hands. Rent certainty in tandem with the promised rise in rent supplement and HAP would go a long way in ensuring more low income families and their children don’t end up in emergency accommodation.” 

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