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End the Housing Crisis

Delivering the biggest council-led house building programme the state has ever seen.

Sinn Féin are determined to end Ireland's shameful housing and homeless crises. Shortage of council and affordable housing to buy or rent is one of the most pressing issues facing our society.

We must reject the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil approach - and their reliance on the private sector - and get back to building houses.

Sinn Féin would deliver the largest public house building programme that Ireland has ever seen that will deliver secure homes for all.

Sinn Féin solutions:

Reduce and freeze rents

Reduce and freeze spiralling rents to give private renters a break and put a month’s rent back into their pockets through a rent reduction tax relief.

Cut waiting lists

Halve the council housing waiting list during one term of government through our council-led building programme on public land and clear the waiting list within the decade.

Increase supply of affordable homes

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil policies have put owning a home out of the reach of ordinary people. With our council-led building programme on public land, we will increase the supply of affordable homes for average workers to purchase or rent at below market rates.

Create sustainable communities

Sinn Féin will create housing estates with good amenities and infrastructure for people of all incomes. These will provide sustainable communities for generations to come.

Security of tenure

Sinn Féin will legislate for tenancies of indefinite duration to provide renters real security of tenure.

Tackle the homeless crisis

The number of adults and children in emergency accommodation has reached historic highs. More and more families are in over-crowded and unsuitable accommodation. Sinn Féin is committed to ending long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough within the term of Government.

End the selling-off of public land

Sinn Féin will ensure publicly-owned land banks are used to provide council and affordable housing. We will end public-private partnership, joint venture capital land initiatives and public land sell-offs.

RAS and HAP tenancies

Remove RAS and HAP tenancies from the legal definition of council housing to reflect the temporary nature of these tenancies and the fact tenants in these schemes do not have long-term security of tenure.

Develop design and lifetime adaptability regulations

New buildings must cater for the entire life cycle accommodating and satisfying the needs of people with disabilities. Sinn Féin will develop universal design and lifetime adaptability guidelines and regulations as well as increasing funding required for adaptations.

Landlord tax review

Review tax treatment of landlords to ensure equity of esteem among all categories of landlords and bring an end to tax breaks that provide no real return to the housing system.

Abolish the Local Property Tax and reduce mortgage interest rates

Sinn Féin will abolish the Local Property Tax and legislate to make Central Bank instruct the banks to lower their rates.

Enshrine the right to housing in the constitution

Sinn Féin will hold a referendum to create a constitutional right to housing for all.

Relevant policy documents:

Sinn Féin Alternative Budget 2020

Budget 2020 - Cover

Achieving Energy Efficiency in Housing

Achieving Energy Efficiency in Housing