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Sinn Féin launch Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill 2016 – Ó Broin

30 November, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has launched the Secure Rents and Tenancies Bill. The Bill will be debated during Sinn Féin’s private members time this afternoon and is co-signed by Independents for Change, Labour, People before Profit, the Anti-Austerity Alliance, the Social Democrats, and the Green Party.

Deputy Ó Broin said: 

“This Bill echoes the three the demands of the Secure Rents Campaign. The demands are rent certainty, indefinite leases and removing the sale of the property as a reason for eviction. The campaign was launched by Uplift earlier this month and is supported by the Communications Workers’ Union, IMPACT, Mandate, CPSU, SIPTU, UNITE and the Dublin Tenants Association.

“This crisis is affecting all those living in the private rented sector. Low and middle income renting families are now paying between 40% and 60% of their disposable income on rent, with families relying on rent supplement or HAP being priced out of the market. The 200% increase in family homeless since 2014 is a direct result of this crisis in the rental sector. 

“Young people now have nowhere to rent in the city that they work in. According to the Residential Tenancies Board, in Dublin the average rent for a one bedroom home has increased by 24% that’s an additional €2,940 per year. The average cost of renting a two bedroom has increased by 21%, which is an extra €3,204 per year. 

“Renters cannot wait any longer for the government to act. We are tabling this Bill the Dáil today to put pressure on the government and Minister Simon Coveney to include rent certainty and real security of tenure in his long awaited rental strategy, due to be published in a few weeks.”  

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