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Continued rent rises show rent control needs to be a priority - Ellis

26 March, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has called on the government to prioritise the introduction of fair rent controls to tackle the rising rents which are putting families at risk of losing their homes and causing severe hardship for low and middle earners.

He made his call in light of recent figures released by the Private Residential Tenancy Board which found that the average rent price for a home was up by nearly 1200 euro in Dublin and nearly 300 euro across the state since last year.

Deputy Ellis said:

“This isn't news I've been raising these issues for years. Rents have been going up since this government as there are too few houses available and very high demand. Rents are out of control, especially in Dublin and are putting people at risk of homelessness.

"Minister Alan Kelly recently admitted that rents were out of control but has so far done nothing to help. He has talked about rent certainty but given no details and has also floated the unacceptable idea of tax breaks for landlords who charge fairer rent levels. We need action on this issue. They have completely stalled on tackling rents but I appreciate they are no longer claiming falsely that rent controls are unconstitutional.

“Sinn Féin supports fair rent controls. This will not solve the problem and is needed as part of a package of initiatives to help to ease the housing crisis. Renters who are now facing homelessness cannot wait for more social housing to come on stream and so rent control is needed as a matter of priority.

“People have already lost their homes because of rent increases. We need to stop this from happening in the future.

“The state needs to step in to stop rack renting and to ensure that rents are set at a fair level which takes into account the Consumer Price Index and the quality of the accommodation. Along with significant investment in housing as outlined by Sinn Féin during recent debates in the Dáil we can begin to really tackle housing need and bring rents under control.”

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