‘Private rentals can’t be a substitute for social housing’- Ní Chuilin
The Housing Executive is utilising private rental sector to the detriment of tenants when they should be building more social homes, Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson Carál Ní Chuilin has said.
The North Belfast MLA was speaking before leading a party delegation to meet with the Chief Executive of the Housing Executive today.
She commented: “Persistent housing inequality needs addressed as a matter of priority but it is very clear that the Housing Executive aren’t doing enough to work with Housing Associations and other public bodies to identify land and build enough social homes.
“Instead the Housing Executive are using the private rented sector as a substitute for social housing. But private rentals provide no security for tenants. They are also subject to often erratic rent increases which place a huge burden on tenants.
“Tenants who have no choice but to live in the private rented sector are then left facing the prospect of eviction and mounting debt.
“We will be pressing the Housing Executive on what they intend to do to address this issue and firmly making the case that a major social house building programme is required to address the need that is clearly there.”