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Louth has highest rent increase in the state for second year in a row - Imelda Munster TD

3 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin's Imelda Munster TD has hit out at the government’s continued failure to address the crisis in the private rental sector, after figures released by show that rents in Louth have seen the highest percentage increase in the state for two years in a row.

Rents in Louth have increased by 13.5% in the past year. The largest increase was in one-bed apartments, which rose by 15.6%, to an average of €809.

The Sinn Fein TD for Louth said:

“The government is making an absolute mess of this. They are seven years in power and the problem is only getting worse.

“The government’s indifference and lack of action is causing financial misery and uncertainty and it is compounding the homeless and housing crisis even further in Louth.

“The Minister for Housing’s response to the crisis in Louth is to hide 100 people from the homelessness list. It’s pathetic.

“These figures show, yet again, that the government’s response is not working. Drogheda has been designated as a rent pressure zone for the past eight months, yet the county still has the biggest increase in private rental costs in the state.

“The lack of a proper social and affordable housing programme is compounding this crisis, and as long as this remains the case, rents will continue to soar."

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