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Rent certainty desperately needed for tenants - Gerry Adams TD

9 November, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Questions on Promised Legislation in the Dáil this afternoon, has appealed to the Taoiseach to ensure rent controls are introduced as part of the Planning, Development and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 due before the Seanad next week. 

Teachta Adams said:

“The Planning, Development and Residential Tenancies Bill 2016 will be introduced in the Seanad next week, yet as published it contains no measures in relation to rent certainty.

“Given the highly concerning figures for the third quarter of 2016 published by yesterday, the Taoiseach should commit to amending the Bill accordingly, and Micheál Martin should do likewise.

“The average monthly rent is now €1,077 and the government is failing those in the rental sector. Rent certainty would put a brake on the unaffordable rent increases thousands of people are facing. We have had enough of lip service and platitudes.”

Afterwards, he said:

“The government and Fianna Fáil have consistently refused to tackle and stop outrageous rent increases. Just in the current term, they have voted against Sinn Féin’s rent certainty  proposals twice.

“What we need are solutions to the rental crisis now, and the government must commit to the single biggest step they could take to protect tenants and prevent citizens from falling into homelessness by introducing rent certainty  linked to the Consumer Price Index without delay.”

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