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Families at risk of homelessness can’t wait for Rent Certainty – Ó Broin

14 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoin Ó Broin has called on all TDs to support the Sinn Féin legislation on rent certainty that is being debated in the Dáil this evening saying ‘families at risk of homelessness can’t wait’.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“The Bill that Sinn Féin tabled in the Dáil tonight is very simple. It seeks to link rent reviews to the consumer price index.

“If passed, it would provide security and stability for renters and landlords in the private rental market.

“According to The Quarterly Rental Report published in May, rents have risen on average 9% in the last twelve months. The report showed that average rents in Dublin were almost €1,500 per month. That’s €17,448 per year. Outside, the figure is €8,772 per year.

“A middle income working family paying this level of rent has no hope of saving for a deposit to buy a home. A low income working family can be paying 60% of their disposable income on rent.

“This is underlined in a report by Residential Tenancies Board published last week that shows that in parts of Galway, Kildare, Meath and Laois the increase in rent has been between 15% and 19%.

 “The consequences of these rent increase are not trivial. Parents have to decide between paying rent and paying for other essential household items. In some cases families are being made homeless because of inability to pay rent or to secure rental accommodation.

“Thousands of children are affected, spending up to two years in emergency accommodation or living in households with ever deeper levels of income poverty.

“I’m not surprised by Fine Gael’s opposition to the Bill, given that the party blocked Alan Kelly’s attempt to introduce rent certainty last year.

“However, Fianna Fáil’s refusal to support this Bill is hard to understand and deeply disappointing, given their support for rent certainty in the past.

 “Hard pressed families and those at risk of losing their homes simply do not have the time to wait. The Dáil must act now.

“When the vote on our Rent Certainty Bill is taken on Thursday, Deputies have a simple choice. If they are opposed to rent certainty, vote against or abstain on the Bill.

“However, if they believe that rent certainty has a role to play in tackling the housing and homeless crisis, they support the Bill.” 

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