Student accommodation on campus rent hikes “unacceptable and illegal”- Eoin Ó Broin TD
Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has criticised reports of rent increases of up to 11.5% year on year on university-owned on-campus accommodation. These rent hikes are “unacceptable and potentially illegal” the Dublin Mid-West TD has said and the students affected should take cases to the Residential Tenancies Board.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The reports in the Irish Independent this morning of the rent hikes facing students on university owned accommodation are scandalous.
“Reported increases of up to 11.5% are a cynical attempt by universities to attempt to circumvent the new rent pressure zone 4% rent caps due to come into effect on the 15th of August.
“I would strongly urge any students facing these increases, whether in a new or existing tenancy, to take a case to the Residential Tenancies Board after that date.
“Universities pride themselves on having a duty of care to their students. Even increasing rents within the 4% is unfair and risks pushing students from average income families out of college.
“The reality is that despite a student accommodation strategy being published we will still be 20,000 student accommodation beds short by 2024.
“We see need to see increased investment in affordable purpose-built student accommodation by the Universities.
“Universities should not be expected to make up their state funding shortfall by hiking up student accommodation costs. We need to see a new strategy and the government needs to acknowledge that the lack of affordable accommodation is pushing young people out of college.”