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Continuous rises shows need for fair rent system – Ellis

18 September, 2014 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Fein Housing Spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the Minister for Environment to reconsider the introduction of rent controls in light of continuing rising rents across the state.

Responding to a report on rent levels by the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) he said a system of fair rent regulation was needed immediately to alleviate the hardship on many low income families and protect them from homelessness.

Deputy Ellis said;

“The report finds rents in Dublin have so far this year risen by 10%, that’s on top of previous yearly increases which has led to many rents being as much as a third more expensive than they were when the current government took office.

“The average rent across the state according to the most recent Daft report is a staggering 915 euro. Which is nearly twice what the average worker is taking home a week. Coupled with a generally high cost of living especially in urban areas, these rents are making life very hard for people and have ended up leaving many with no choice but to seek emergency accommodation.

“Across Europe a system of regulations is used to keep rents at fair rates which are affordable to tenants but also allow landlords to make a decent living. Jan O’Sullivan, when Housing Minister, proposed such measures and commissioned a report by the PRTB but before it could be published the new Minister for Environment Alan Kelly ruled it out without any justification.

“Rent controls must be put in place as part of a package of significant increases in the number of local authority homes being built but it must be done now to curb further spiralling of rents.”


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