Government half-baked stop-gap measures adding to rental crisis - Imelda Munster TD
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today urged the Minister for Housing to take real action to improve the lot of those living in private rental accommodation.
She was speaking after the release of statistics by the Residential Tenancies Board.
Deputy Munster said:
“These figures prove that the Rent Pressure Zones are not working, and serious efforts to control rent are required by government.
“Until the government can cast aside its ideological opposition to rent control, or indeed to any measure that might upset landlords, rent levels in this state will continue to rise.
“Drogheda was designated as a Rent Pressure Zone last September. In Rent Pressure Zones rent should not rise by more than 4% annually. Despite this, rent in County Louth increased by 11% in the past year.
“Other towns and cities that have been designated as Rent Pressure Zones prior to Drogheda was have seen a large annual rise in rents, for example, rent in Galway rose by over 7%.
“This is an astonishing rise in rent levels, which is made all the worse by the government’s attempts to spin this as a good news story.
“There continues to be a state-wide crisis in housing. The government continues to fail those who are currently paying high rents, paying extortionate top ups to HAP landlords, waiting on housing lists and those who are homeless.
“Rents in Louth have increased by 67.7% from their lowest rate and in the last number of years countless families have been left out in the cold because they cannot afford to pay rent.
"We need more affordable housing. We need more social housing, and we need further measures to control and manage rent.
“The only way to solve this crisis is through adequate provision of social and affordable housing.”