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Meath rents now 94% higher than their lowest point – Peadar Tóibín TD

17 August, 2018

Sinn Féin TD for Meath West has said that rising Meath rents are “simply unsustainable”.

Teachta Tóibín was reacting to the latest figures from the Rental Price Report which found that Meath rents have risen by 13% in the past year – among the highest in the country.

Speaking today Deputy Tóibín said:

“The latest housing report just brings more bad news. Meath rents have risen by 13% from the second quarter of last year. 

"This means that the average price of rental for a Meath home is now €1,253. This is simply unaffordable for many and putting a huge financial strain on many others.

“Rents have been rising relentlessly for years now – with no action by Fine Gael or their government backers Fianna Fáil. 

"Meath rents have actually risen 94% since their lowest point in 2011. This is the highest in the country outside of Dublin. It is simply unsustainable.

“It is incredible to think that despite having a Junior Minister for Housing in the Meath West constituency, no towns in the area are able to qualify as rent pressure zones. 

"Renters in towns such as Trim, Kells and Navan are being seriously squeezed with no protections against rent inflation.

“Sinn Féin have continually called for rent certainty – the linking of rents to the Consumer Price Index. 

"We have introduced numerous bills in the Dáil to bring this about by amending the Residential Tenancies Act 2004 to link rent reviews to an index such as this.

“In fact, six times Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have voted against the introduction of rent certainty by this measure. 

"We have seen the devastating effects of our broken housing system on individuals, families and children. However it appears that there is no political will to change.”

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