Sinn Féin TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Pauline Tully, has urged cross-party support for a Sinn Féin motion, which outlines a series of solutions that would end the crisis in the private rental sector.
The private members motion, drafted by Sinn Féin spokesperson on Housing Eoin Ó Broin, will be debated in the Dáil Wednesday 5th May.
Teachta Tully said:
“The rental sector is still in crisis. This government is picking up where the last left off and has failed to properly regulate against unsustainable rent hikes, while failing to deliver affordable rental homes at the scale required.
“The average rent across the state is now €1,256 per month, with rents in Co. Cavan rising by 3.7% over the last year.
“The government has no plan for the rental sector. Eoin Ó Broin does.
“In government, Sinn Féin would implement an emergency, three-year ban on rent increases and legislate for tenancies of indefinite duration.
“We would also introduce a refundable tax credit for tenants in the private rented sector to put a month’s rent back in every renter’s pocket. We would also ensure that all rental properties are compliant with minimum standards by introducing an NCT style certification system.
“There is action that can be taken to address the rental crisis. It just requires political will. This government has no plan to reduce rents, protect renters from further rent hikes or prioritise affordable rental supply.”