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Meath rental costs increasing consistently at one of the highest rates in the state – Peadar Tóibín TD

14 February, 2018

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West, Peadar Tóibín TD, has said that the relentless rent increases in County Meath are unsustainable, and that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil need to step up to the mark in halting the hikes.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“Meath Rents have increased by 11.5% in the last year, making them the second fastest growing rents in the country. Tenants are getting hammered by exorbitant rents with those in the Meath West constituency most badly affected due to their exclusion as rent pressure zones.

“Minister of State for Housing, Damien English has bitterly disappointed hard pressed renters in Meath. Average rents in Meath are now €1,171 per month.

"It’s those renting in towns such as Navan, Trim, Athboy, Enfield, Oldcastle and Kells who’ve borne the brunt of escalating rents, and who have no protections from further hikes.

“We need real rent certainty measures to be urgently introduced to provide some relief to renters. However Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have repeatedly blocked Sinn Féin bills to introduce rent certainty.

"They’ve also refused to accept our proposal to link rents to the Consumer Price Index on multiple occasions.

“The government’s solution is to avoid rolling out a comprehensive affordable rental scheme and to continue to convince themselves that the private market will provide sustainable tenancies."

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