Cavan-Monaghan Sinn Féin TD Pauline Tully has said that staggering 13.5% annual rent increases in Cavan show the longer Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are in government the worse things get.
Deputy Tully echoed calls by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing, Eoin Ó Broin TD, for the Government to urgently ban rent increases for all existing and new tenants.
Teachta Tully said:
“Today’s report from the RTB showing massive increases in rents is shocking. Families, workers and young people deserve and need affordable housing and affordable rents.
“Sinn Féin’s proposal to cut rents and freeze them would have prevented these massive increases in rents.
“The year-on-year change in average rent prices in Cavan shows an increase of 13.5%.
“This is simply unsustainable. When will it end? Renters in Cavan cannot keep taking these kinds of rent hikes. They need a break.
“But this government does not care about renters. That much is clear.
“They tell us they are making an impact on housing. Unfortunately, that impact is just putting affordable housing and affordable rents further out of reach for people. No wonder so many young people who cannot afford his level of rents are emigrating.
“Government must urgently introduce a ban on rent increases for existing and new tenancy. They must also put a full month’s rent back in every private renter’s pocket.
“Government also needs to increase and accelerate the delivery of social and affordable homes, including cost rental homes, so that renters are not left at the mercy of an expensive and insecure private rental sector.
“The longer Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are in government the worse things get. Nowhere has this been more evident than from this report that shows massive rent increases over the last 12 months.
“Only a change of government, a change of housing policy and Eoin Ó Broin as Housing Minister will allow us to start cleaning up the mess of decades of bad Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael housing policy.”