Carrigaline and Crosshaven left out of Government Rent Pressure Zones yet again – Ó Laoghaire
Sinn Féin TD for Cork South-Central Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has called for Carrigaline (South) and Crosshaven to be added to the new Government Rent Press Zones and has asked that local Minister Simon Coveney act as a matter of urgency on this.
Speaking this afternoon, Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:
“It is incredible that yet again the Government have overlooked the huge anomaly that exists in the southern part of Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Ballygarvan, and other nearby areas. These areas are not covered by any kind of rental controls, despite the fact that the other half of the Carrigaline LEA is included.
“They have no excuse for this exclusion as I have raised this with the Tánaiste and with the Minister for Housing on numerous occasions. Sinn Féin have also tabled amendments to a Bill to have these areas included. It is unfair and confusing for tenants and landlords alike.
“Carrigaline was divided in two since the 2014 Council elections. During that time, the part of Carrigaline, north of the Owenabue, as well as Ringaskiddy, Passage West/ Monkstown, and all other areas surrounding that, were designated a Rent Pressure Zone.
“This meant that rent could not rise by more than 4pc a year for a tenant. While Sinn Féin wanted more than this, it was at least some relief from rapidly rising rents.
“However, quite bizarrely, the part of Carrigaline South of the river, as well as Fountainstown, and Myrtleville, Minane Bridge, were not included.
“The Minister for Housing has announced 19 new Rent Pressure Zones, but this issue is not addressed by that announcement.
“I am calling on the Government to ensure that all of the new Carrigaline LEA, from Passage West down to Minane Bridge, is added to the list of newly announced Rent Pressure Zones. Rents are extortionate in the area, people are being crucified, and I think they need at least a little bit of relief.
“In reality, we require a rent freeze. People in these areas can have their rent increased by as much as landlords see fit.
“Minister Coveney, as a representative for these areas, must asking the Minister for Housing to include these areas as a matter of urgency.”