18/06/2015

Labour Welcome Committee To Reform Rental Sector

Labour have welcomed the announcement by Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly, to reform Ireland's private rental sector.

According to the party, more people are living in rented housing today than at any time since the 1950s.

At the conference, Generation Rent – The Future of the Private Rented Sector in Ireland, housing charity Threshold said that the rental sector is "not fit for purpose".

The charity said that one in five Irish families currently live in rented accommodation and are subject to insecurity, particularly around rent rises and often are forced to live in sub-standard accommodation.

Welcoming Minister Kelly's announcement, Senator Aideen Hayden said: "With this in mind I was very pleased with Minister Alan Kelly's intervention at yesterdays 'Generation Rent' conference. Minister Kelly has made his commitment to reform in the rented sector clear.

"In particular I welcome his commitment to the introduction of a rent certainty model, where rent increases or decreases are linked to an independent index such as the consumer price index. This would be very helpful for people who have sometimes faced outrageous rent increases."

(MH/JP)

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