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Government refuse to act as Louth sees highest of rent rises – Munster

14 February, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has lambasted government inaction following a report by outlining rent increases across the state which revealed that Louth has seen the biggest increase in rents for private rental accommodation.

Louth has seen rents rise by 17.3% as has Meath, with Kerry seeing the lowest at 6.9%.

Deputy Munster said:

“What compounds the rent crisis further is the Government’s refusal to include Drogheda, the largest provincial town, in the Rent Pressure Zone which would have restricted the rise in rent increases to a maximum of 4% in towns that have the highest rents and where people have a nightmare finding affordable accommodation to rent. I have written to Minister for Housing Simon Coveney to request that Drogheda be included in the Rent Pressure Zone as it has been given the Commuter Rate of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) preciously due of high rental costs.

“There is a chronic shortage of social housing in Drogheda and throughout the county and this government's response to the crisis is to force people into private rental accommodation through HAP, knowing full well the spiralling costs of private rental accommodation locally and the refusal of many landlords to accept people on the Housing Assistance Payment. We have over 53 acres of land banks in Louth, over 20 acres of which are in Drogheda, zoned for housing lying idle in the midst of a housing emergency and yet, this Government refuse, as did the previous Government, to fund the roll out of a social housing building programme.” 

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