“It’s time that this Fine Gael Government prioritised the ‘locked out generation’ – those for whom even renting a home is now becoming a daily struggle, never mind owning one.”

Anne-Marie McNally, Social Democrats spokesperson on Consumer affairs, and Dublin MidWest by-election candidate, today blasted the Fine Gael government for abandoning renters as the latest Daft.ie figures shows that the average rent has reached an all-time high.

Ms. McNally said:

“This Fine Gael Government has abandoned renters. The rent pressure zones system is just not working, with average rents now nearly €400 greater than the mad boom-time peaks. The only solution is to put in place a mandatory country-wide rent freeze for at least two years until increase in supply drives prices down

“Berlin and other cities have recognised that pricing ordinary people and families out of renting is a disaster for a city, for its people and for the economy. Berlin has limited rental increases to the rate of inflation and set caps on maximum rents. We urgently need these kinds of protections here. It’s time that this Fine Gael Government prioritised the ‘locked out generation’ – those for whom even renting a home is now becoming a daily struggle, never mind owning one. This Fine Gael government’s reliance on the market to solve our housing crisis is yet again shown up to be fake news of the worst kind.

“The cost of housing, in particular, the astronomical rents which people are forced to pay, is the single biggest driver of the high cost of living for people. With average monthly rent nationwide now standing at €1,403, it’s clear that this Fine Gael government’s policy approach is to abandon a whole generation of renters to the private rental sector and ignore the consequences. Many people living in rental accommodation are struggling to keep roofs over their heads while living with the daily fear of sudden rent hikes or eviction notices.

“This can’t continue. The human cost is too high. It’s time for a radically different approach to tackle our housing crisis.

ENDS
12th Nov 2019