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The homeless and housing charity Peter McVerry Trust has expressed concern that spiralling rents are undermining efforts to combat homelessness. The latest rent index report from the PRTB shows that the cost of renting an apartment in Dublin is now 10.8% more expensive than it was a year ago.
The CEO of Peter McVerry Trust Pat Doyle said the charity is very concerned for those reliant on rent supplement to maintain or secure rental properties. Speaking following the publication of the report Mr Doyle said “The situation is very worrying and shows that action needs to be taken to help alleviate the situation. Peter McVerry Trust and our colleagues in the sector are doing everything possible to help people exit homelessness, however the one major issue that we face is rising rents, inaction on this and rent supplement means that homelessness is increasing instead of decreasing.”
“In recent weeks Peter McVerry Trust has re-iterated the case for rent supplement increases to Minister of State in the Department of Social Protection, Kevin Humphreys TD and also to the Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection. We feel that there is clear evidence to show that by increasing rent supplement rates we can help more people reduce existing homeless numbers and lower the cases of new homelessness as a result of rising rents.”
“The reality is that by failing to increase rent supplement rates the Government is allowing more people to become homeless and telling those already in homeless services that they will be there for a long time to come.”
“I understand that rent certainty is being progressed by Minister Kelly, and Peter McVerry Trust welcomes the move to a better regulated pricing system. However, the length of time it is taking to introduce this measure has allowed rents to spiral upwards. The fact that rents are already unaffordable for most people means that when introducing rent certainty we risk creating a situation where we cement rents at a high point in the market and we will be allowing landlords to use this as the base for future increases. We would prefer to see robust efforts made to reduce rents in the markets when introducing rent certainty. If we do not secure this Peter McVerry Trust is concerned that we are simply constructing an unaffordable rental market now and in the future.”
Concluding Mr Doyle acknowledged that while supply was a key factor in the market at the moment, it did not preclude the Government form taking measures to protect the most vulnerable people who are experience the greatest housing need or who are at real risk of losing their homes.