Sinn Féin - On Your Side report highlights government abject failure to tackle crisis – John Brady TD

22 August, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady has expressed concern at the recent report from which shows that the cost of rent is now 20% higher than at the peak of the Celtic Tiger.The report from also highlighted that significantly less properties are available on the market amid the housing crisis.

Speaking today, Teachta Brady said;

"In my own constituency of Wicklow, we have the highest rental prices in the State outside Dublin. They are up 11.3%, the average is now €1,193.

“The latest quarterly rental report shows that rents jumped to a record high for the fifth quarter in a row between April and June of this year.

“Rents nationwide sharply rose to 11.8% in the first half of the year, with the average rental price nationwide now €1,159 per month, while the average rental price in Dublin meanwhile is now €1,707 per month.

“The policy of successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments in failing to build social housing and passing responsibility onto the private sector has led only to increased homelessness, increased rents and insecure tenancies.

"The landlords and developers have benefit while tenants and the state have paid the cost.

 “Landlords are exploiting those in need by offering out slum standard accommodation at enormous prices.

“The lack of supply and affordability of homes continues to escalate under this government. The private market has failed to deliver adequate numbers of social and affordable housing units for those on low and middle incomes and for students. A new approach is needed.

“We need a change in policy, to stop enriching landlords and to meeting the needs of citizens. To build Social Housing and provide security of tenure for tenants.

"An increase in supply is what is needed, and in the mean time we need to see real rent certainty in the private rented sector.”

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