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Meath rents higher than most capital cities

The rental crisis, which has led to the cost of rent in Co Meath being higher than most capital cities in the world, is under discussion in the Dail today as Sinn Fein proposes a private members motion, which outlines a series of solutions to end the crisis in the private rental sector. Deputy Johnny Guirke has accused the government of failing 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 my own constituency of Meath West now at €1,276.36 per month in Meath and €844.44 per month in Westmeath. “The average cost of renting 10 years ago in 2011 was €756.58, Under Fine Gael & Fianna Fail this has risen by €500 to 1,256. “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." The rental crisis is an indictment of Government thinking, policy and priority, according to Deputy Darrent O'Rourke. "In Meath, rent costs are exorbitant. On Daft.ie, it’s €1800 for a two-bedroom apartment in Ashbourne and Ratoath, €1700 in Dunboyne, €1600 in Dunshaughlin. It’s less expensive in towns like Kells and Duleek, but, like Ashbourne, Ratoath, Dunboyne and Dunshaughlin there is little or no availability. "It is an incredible statement of fact to say you could rent more cheaply in Sydney or Tokyo or Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki – places where you would be assured of the very best of public services – public transport, childcare, healthcare. "The Irish rental crisis is an indictment of Government thinking, it’s an indictment of Government policy and it’s an indictment of Government priorities. "Rent Pressure Zones are supposed to limit rent increases to four per cent a year. In Meath they increased by 5.7 per cent last year, year-on-year, and by over six per cent in the last two quarters. Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), itself a massive transfer of wealth from the state to private landlords, is not the answer. In Meath - €24.8m was paid on HAP last year - up 16 per cent. "The proposals in the Sinn Féin motion would serve to stop renters, and the prospect of ever-increasing rents, being used as a bargaining chip in a big money game. It would ban rent increases and put a months rent back in peoples’ pockets. It would protect renters in a dysfunctional system. It would protect renters while issues of supply are addressed. "Every day I deal with individuals and families who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. Individuals and families, many with school-going children, told by Council Homeless Officers who can do no more, "sorry, you can’t afford to live in this area", "sorry, there’s nothing more we can do for you", "sorry, there is no other support", "sorry, you’ll need to uproot your whole world and move to some place you have no connection to, where you know no-one and where you have no support".
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