Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil responsible for out of control rents – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, Eoin Ó Broin TD, has said that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are “directly responsible for out of control rents”. His comments were made following the publication of the latest Residential Tenancies Board rent figures, which show rents rising again by 10%, with Dublin rents now 3.9% higher than at the peak of the boom in 2007.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Last June Sinn Féin tabled our rent certainty bill. If passed this would have put a break on spiralling private sector rents. It would have saved working families up to €2,000 per year.
"Fine Gael and their partners in government Fianna Fáil, voted the bill down. In doing so they gave a green light to landlords to keep on hiking up rents. Enda Kenny and Micheál Martin are directly responsible for the spiralling cost of rents.
“Fine Gael voting down Sinn Féin’s rent certainty Bill was no surprise. However Fianna Fáil’s failure to support rent certainty, considering it is mentioned as a key proposal in policy documents from 2015 and in the party’s general election manifesto, is just puzzling. It appears to be another one of the party’s policy U-turns.
“The government’s Action Plan for Housing had little to say on the private rental sector, with a white paper on the issue promised later this year. This is not good enough. Taking the heat out of the private rental market must now be a priority for this government.
“I will be writing to Minister Coveney asking him to urgently reconsider his party's opposition to rent certainty in the context of his forthcoming Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill due to be published in October. I will also be writing to the Fianna Fáil Housing spokesperson urging him to support amendments that Sinn Féin will table to the Bill, to deal with the rental crisis.
"If the Government does not act on rising rents, more families will become homeless, with many more forced into serious financial hardship as a result of the cost of renting a home.”