Government failing renters in Louth - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his deep concern at the significant increase in rents in Louth over the last year.
Commenting on the Daft.ie report, Teachta Adams said:
“The percentage increase in rents in Louth, along with that in Galway, is the largest in the State at 14.1%. Louth is now the fourth most expensive county to rent in after Wicklow, Kildare, and Meath.
"Across all houses and apartments Louth rents are exorbitantly high. One bed apartments have seen the greatest increase – up to 16.4%. Two, three and four bedroom houses are all up by over 14%.”
The Louth TD accused the government of failing those renting accommodation.
“The Daft.ie quarter 4 rental price report confirms that rents continue to spiral upward. In the last 12 months since rent pressure zones were introduced rents have increased by 10%. All of the reports published this year by Daft.ie and the ESRI/RTB have reported substantial rent increases.
"The government’s rent pressure zones are failing to protect citizens paying high rents. Most of these are now paying up to a half of their income on rents. Sinn Féin has consistently called for the introduction of real rent certainty. We have tabled legislation and amendments seeking this and all has been opposed by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.”