Meath rent increases still highest in Ireland – Peadar Tóibín TD
Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín TD has called on the government to introduce rent certainty with figures showing that rents in Meath have increased by 17.3% between September and December 2016. The figures published by Daft this morning by Daft show that this is the highest increase in the state, along with Co. Louth who have also seen rents skyrocket by 17.3%.
Deputy Tóibín said:
“Meath renters have experienced drastic rent increases over the last number of years. The ever increasing cost of rent shows that the governments approach is far from working. The average rent in Meath is €1050, which makes renting accommodation unaffordable for many lower-income families and those on minimum wage.
“Rents have jumped by 50% in the last four years. It’s unacceptable. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Sinn Féin have tabled a number of bills which would link rent increases with inflation. Yet these have been voted down time and time again by both the government and Fianna Fáil.
“What the government enabled by Fianna Fáil did do was introduce a very weak bill which limited rent increases by four percent but only in certain geographic areas. Meath East was covered in this. But what this means that cumulatively people in Meath East will have to pay €3,000 extra.
“But shockingly most of the towns in Meath West were left out. Navan, Enfield, Athboy, Trim, Oldcastle and even Kells, were left out of this rent cap. Now what remains is a rent free-for-all for landlords. This means that on average, Meath renters will have to pay €12,000 extra on average over the next three years. This is a shocking imposition on renters and it will push more people into homelessness.
“People are living in fear of landlords pushing up the rents. We need Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to step up to the plate, take a leaf from Sinn Féin’s book, and impose a rent cap and link it to inflation. I’m urging the government to must reconsider their rent pressure zone strategy and legislate for real rent certainty.”