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Rent certainty would have saved renters €1,000 per year – Ó Broin

16 June, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoin Ó Broin has expressed his deep disappointment that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have voted against rent certainty today.  The Sinn Féin legislation would have saved renters up to a €1,000 per year.

The Dublin Mid-West said:

“The Rent Certainty Bill 2016 would have linked rent reviews to the consumer price index.

“This would have provided much needed stability in the private rental market, for both landlords and tenants. Families facing rent reviews in the coming months could see their rent jump by 10 to 20 percent. These families needed real solutions now.

“I am deeply disappointed that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have voted against this legislation.

“If rent certainty was introduced two years ago, during the term of the last government, the average family renting in Dublin would now be €2,000 better off.

“While it is not surprising that Fine Gael is opposed to rent certainty, Fianna Fáil’s opposition to our Bill is hard to understand and deeply disappointing. .

“In a policy document produced last year Fianna Fáil proposed rent certainty measures.

“Last weekend, Sean Fleming TD stated: ‘What needs to happen straight way is those people who are in houses have to be allowed stay in the houses that they’re in by linking the rent to the inflation because landlords will put rents up.’

“I am disappointed that this Bill will not go to next stage. However, Sinn Féin will continue to pursue fair rents and security of tenure for renters struggling with rising costs across the state.” 

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