People Before Profit TD to introduce Bill today to reduce rents to 2011 levels and make it harder for landlords to terminate tenancies
Today in the Dáíl, People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith, will introduce the Housing Emergency in the Public Interest Bill 2016.
The Bill seeks to reduce rents back to 2011 levels and will maintain rents at the level of the Consumer Price Index going forward. The Bill also seeks to reduce the grounds on which a landlord can terminate a tenancy.
Brid Smith said, “The current measures being proposed by the government to cap rents at 4% would make the rental situation much worse and more unaffordable for people even than it currently is. This during a time when rents have never been higher and the homelessness and housing crisis so stark.
“My Bill seeks to make rents more affordable for people by bringing them back to 2011 levels. It also seeks to make it more difficult for landlords to evict people.
“We are in a situation at the moment where rents are skyrocketing past event Celtic Tiger levels whilst wages and welfare rates are still at recession levels. People are going homeless every day and this government’s only solution to it is to allow further increases to rents. It is quite shocking.
Brid Smith- 087 909 0166
Nick Lee (Press Officer, PBP) 087 615 6473