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Sinn Féin’s Rent Certainty Bill more needed than ever – Kenny

23 August, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking on the publication of figures for the rental market today, in the quarterly report, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo Leitrim said that homelessness is not just a problem in the big cities, but all over rural Ireland too.

Deputy Kenny said:

“In rural areas we may not have so many people sleeping in doorways as we see in big cities, but rising rents mean more people are living, unwillingly, with relatives and under stress looking for somewhere to live that they can afford.

“Today’s figures show that the average rent for a three bedroomed house in Leitrim is up by nearly four percent to €517 per month while in Sligo a house of the same size is €599 a month on average.

“These continuous rent increases affect everyone dependent on the private rental sector for accommodation. This includes working families who cannot afford to save to buy a home and low income families that are paying up to 60% of their disposable income on rent. 

“Earlier this year, Sinn Féin tabled the Rent Certainty Bill 2016 which would have linked rent reviews to the consumer price index. This would have provided much needed stability in the private rental market, for both landlords and tenants. But it was rejected by both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“At that time we warned that families facing rent reviews could see their rent increase. This is now becoming a reality. If rent certainty was introduced two years ago, during the term of the last government, we would not be facing the problems we have now with an ever decreasing number of rental properties for a growing population.”

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