Rent Control Must Be Introduced 'As A Matter Of Urgency' - Labour

Rent regulation must be introduced as a matter of urgency, the Labour party has stated.

Making the call Senator Aideen Hayden said there is "no legal impediment" preventing the government from taking action to curb rising rents.

"Media reports in recent months have referred to the potential difficulties that might arise if the Government were to intervene in the rented market," the Senator said.

"However today we have seen the Central Bank rightly taking action to dampen property price inflation in the home ownership market and I believe it makes sense for the Government to step in to regulate spiralling rents in the private rented sector.

"One in five households in Ireland rely on the private rented sector to provide their family with a home, this is the highest number since the 1950s."

The senator highlighted that rents in Dublin have increased by 30% since 2012, which she claimed was a "direct cause" of the increasing numbers of families becoming homeless in the capital.

"There is no constitutional impediment to the introduction of rent certainty measures in Ireland provided they are proportionate, for example Planning Law allows for Part V which has not been found to be unconstitutional," Senator Hayden said.

Senator Hayden will chair a briefing session on rent regulation for Oireachtas members later today.


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