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Coveney’s plan will do nothing for renters in Limerick – Maurice Quinlivan TD

13 December, 2016 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Maurice Quinlivan TD has slammed Minister Coveney's new rent measures.  The representative for Limerick city said that 'rather than putting a break on rent increases the Minister’s plan allows landlords to increase rents by 4% every year for the next three years and does nothing for struggling renters in Limerick.  Speaking after the launch of the government’s strategy Deputy Quinlivan said:

“Minister Coveney’s plan completely ignores the plight of families and single people who are struggling to pay exorbitant rents in Limerick.

“The measures announced today will do nothing to assist a family renting an average home in Limerick for €1,200 per month, or single people who are struggling to pay exceptionally high rents on one and two bedroom flats in Limerick.

“Low and middle income families and single people simply do not have this money. They cannot afford further rent increases.

“The fact of the matter is that for those living outside the so called 'rent pressure zones' rents will continue to rise.

“ The latest quarterly rental report for showed that tenants in Limerick City faced an average annual rent increase of 13.2% which is higher than in Dublin at 10.9%.

“Minister Coveney got it wrong today.

“Last week, when opposing Sinn Féin's Private Members Bill on Rent Certainty, Fianna Fáil said that if Coveney did not deal with this issue in his strategy they would table their own legislation.

“As Minister Coveney intends to legislate for his rent plan this week in an amendment to the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Bill, there is now an opportunity for all of us who are serious about rent certainty to work together.

“The onus is now on Fianna Fáil to support a cross party amendment and do what Minister Coveney and his colleagues in Cabinet are not willing to do, namely to give struggling renters a break.”

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